Nigeria: Saraki, Dogara in emergency meeting of National Assembly leaders to consolidate power
London, August 6, 2018 (AltAfrica)-The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has convened a meeting of the leaderships of the two chambers of the National Assembly to discuss pressing national matters including how to nullify threats to their leadership after defection to the opposition party, PDP
The meeting, expected to have in attendance principal officers of the Senate and the House of Representatives, is scheduled to hold Tuesday afternoon.
Multiple sources told Alternativeafrica.com that the major agenda of the meeting is how to strategise ahead of resumption and counter the growing call for leadership change, They are also to discuss the election re-order after the appeal court victory.
In the meeting both Saraki and Dogara are expected to demand total loyalty from the principal officers in “the impending leadership battle”
The source added that the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, will then meet with the lawmakers at 1 p.m.
The leadership, our sources said, might consider the possibility of reconvening the National Assembly to discuss urgent and important national issues pending before the lawmakers.
Some APC senators, including Ali Ndume and Ahmed Lawal, have insisted that the long adjournment of the National Assembly by Mr. Saraki was not in the best interest of the country.
A media aide to Mr Saraki, Yusuph Olaniyonu, confirmed his principal is planning a meeting but declined to provide details.
The Senate and the House of Representatives proceeded on annual recess on July 24 to reconvene on September 25.