Senate Leader again appeals to National Assembly to reconvene

Timothy Choji, Abuja

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Nigeria’s Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan has again appealled to the leadership of the two chambers of the National Assembly to reconvene, in order to pass the supplementary budget thus provide funds for the country’s electoral body to conduct the 2019 general election.

Lawan, who spoke to State House Correspondents on Monday, soon after a closed door meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, said activities of government are almost coming to a standstill, due to the non passage of the supplementary budget.

“I have come to brief the Acting President on the situation in the Senate and the discussions also touched on the need for the National Assembly to reconvene immediately to pass the virement and supplementary budget request of the President.”

“You know that the budget for 2018 especially the capital will be largely funded by foreign loans. Now we need to approve that, we also need to approve other important and essential requests especially that of INEC and other security agencies so that our national security will be improved.”

“Therefore, it is very essential that we reconvene immediately because our government is almost stalled and I believe that if we are able to pass the supplementary request of the President, this will enable our administration to provide the various infrastructure that we have planned to provide for Nigerians,” he said.

The Senate Leader, who stressed the need to reconvene both the Senate and House of Representatives within this week, said doing otherwise will mean sabotaging the Muhammadu Buhari led administration.

Akpabio’s Defection

Also speaking to Journalists, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters, Ita Enang announced that the Minority Leader in the Senate, Godswill Akpabio is defecting from the Peoples’ Democratic Party PDP to the governing All Progressives Congress APC

Enang said Senator Akpabio would be formally received alongside others on Wednesday in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

“The head of the PDP in the Senate, who holds all the documents of the PDP, Senator Godswill Ubot Akpabio is coming over with a great team and other minorities to join the APC family and we are good and strong and that will be in a very big ceremony on Wednesday the e8th of August in Akwa Ibom State,” Enang stated.