Senate adjourns plenary over APC meeting

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja


The Nigerian Senate has adjourned Tuesday’s plenary session to enable Senators of the All Progressives Congress-APC, attend the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of their party.

The adjournment followed the unanimous adoption of a Point of Order raised by the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan, shortly after adoption of the votes and proceedings of the previous plenary section held last week Thursday.

Relying on Order 43, the Senate Leader pleaded that proceedings of the day be stepped down because of the engagement of some Senators at the APC NEC meeting.

According to the Senate Leader, “in consideration of the fact that majority of the lawmakers are not available and we cannot form a quorum, I plead with this distinguish Senate to step down all proceedings till the next legislative day,” he submitted.

The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, seconded the Point of Order which was unanimously adopted by the lawmakers when put to a voice vote by the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu who presided over the brief session.

The Senate, therefore, adopted to resume plenary on Wednesday at 10am local time.

Several items had been listed on the order paper but were stepped down and some of them are the first reading of a Bill to amend the “Joint Admission and Matriculation Board Act” and presentation of a report on the “death of three students of Queens College,” Lagos by Joint Committee on Education and Health.

Sammie Idika