Se­nate sus­pends ple­nary for African Par­lia­men­tary Union meet­ing

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

The Se­nate sus­pended ple­nary yes­ter­day to al­low law­mak­ers at­tend the on­go­ing African Par­lia­men­tary Union (APU) meet­ing tak­ing place in Abuja.

Se­na­tors had con­verged for ple­nary at about 11.am when Deputy Se­nate Pres­i­dent Ike Ek­w­ere­madu, who led the brief ses­sion, an­nounced that there was need to sus­pend ple­nary for the APU event.

Shortly there­after, se­na­tors adopted their votes pro­ceed­ings for Wed­nes­day.

Se­nate Leader Ah­mad Lawan (APC, Yobe) then moved a mo­tion for the sus­pen­sion of ple­nary, but when Ek­w­ere­madu put the mo­tion to voice vote, ma­jor­ity of the se­na­tors present jok­ingly voted against it.

This made Lawan to ap­peal to his col­leagues, say­ing the APU meet­ing was an im­por­tant one as Se­nate Pres­i­dent Bukola Saraki was the chair­man of the ses­sion.

He said it would not speak well and of the Nige­rian Par­lia­ment “if all the seats at the event are left empty while we host par­lia­men­tar­i­ans across the African con­ti­nent.”

When Ek­w­ere­madu put the ques­tion for the sec­ond time, the se­na­tors voted in its favour. Con­se­quently, they sus­pended the con­sid­er­a­tion of all items listed on the Or­der Pa­per and ad­journed sit­ting to next Tues­day.

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that the APU ses­sion is hold­ing at the ECOWAS Par­lia­ment head­quar­ters in Abuja.

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