Senate may have stormy session today

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Feb 4th, 2014
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A MEETING slated by Senate President David Mark with 11 the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC) failed to hold yesterday.

The failure of the meeting heightened tension in the Upper Chamber as senators return to plenary today.

The Senate leadership failed to read the letter by the defecting senators informing the Senate of their decision to change parties on the floor as expected last Thursday.

Senator Bukola Saraki raised the issue under qualified privilege but Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided, said he did not have the letters with him and that he had been informed of a meeting slated for yesterday.

It could not be immediately established why the meeting failed to hold as at press time yesterday.

A source, however, said the meeting had been rescheduled for today because Saraki, the leader of the defecting senators, returned late yesterday from Ilorin, Kwara State.

One of the defecting senators told our correspondent yesterday that the only way to prevent a turbulent session today is “if the Senate President decides to read our change of party letter submitted to him last week”.

The senator, who spoke in confidence in Abuja, explained that though Mark had initiated “a meeting with us, no matter the outcome of the meeting, our letter must be read”.

Insisting that “there is not going back meeting or no meeting”, the senator added that “some of us have seen the so-called meeting as a ploy by the leadership of the Senate to buy time”.

He said: “What is anybody going to tell us at the meeting? They have been talking about the matter being in court. There is a fact that there is no court order stopping the Senate President from reading our letter.

“They have also said that no reference should be made to the matter in the Senate because the matter is in court. We know that all this is gimmick to frustrate our efforts to move to our desired party.”

The senator also faulted the argument that the letter could not be read because it was signed by a group.

 


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