NASS crisis: Osinbajo meets with majority leader, Saraki to meet with principal officers

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Trouble seems to be loading. Both camps in the National Assembly were reported to have either or would meet on Monday and Tuesday this week. This is as the presidency has raised calls for the senate to reopen. Now, the vice president is said to have met with the majority leader while the senate president is said to have met with principal officers of the senate.

Details:

Osinbajo: The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo and Senate Majority Leader, Ahmed Lawan, on Monday, held a meeting behind closed doors in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He was with the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters (Senate), Ita Enang.

The meeting started around 2p.m when the duo arrived the Acting President’s office.

The meeting follows the recent gale of defections that have rocked the National Assembly as about 51 lawmakers and three state governors defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki also defected from the APC to the PDP.

Saraki: On the other hand, Senate President, Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Doraga, are said to be ready to meet with principals officers of both chambers on Tuesday with the intention of reconvening the National Assembly to consider pending important national matters including INEC’s elections budget proposal.

An online newspaper gathered from National Assembly sources that the meeting would hold at noon.

The meeting, according to our sources, will be followed by another one between NASS leaders and the leadership of the electoral commission, with INEC chairman, Prof Mahmud Yakubu in attendance.

The move is coming following pressures from the presidency urging the leadership of the congress to recall lawmakers from recess to approve INEC’s budget proposal and deal with other pending matters.