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Senate adjourns plenary over Lawmaker’s death

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday adjourned plenary to the next legislative day, following the death of a Member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Sani Bello.

All the lawmakers from both the Senate and House of Representatives had just resumed from a 3-week break, where they received Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the federal government on the 2017 budget defence.

It was barely 10 minutes into the resumed session on Tuesday, that the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio drew the attention of the Senate to the death of Mr. Sani Bello Mashi, representing Dutsi/Mashi federal constituency of Katsina state, North West Nigeria.

The motion was seconded by the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawal. The Senators, before adjourning plenary in respect of the death, also rose to observe a minute silence in honour of their departed colleague.

In another development, the Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial district, Andy Uba on Tuesday announced his defection officially from the PDP to the ruling APC. His defection notice was contained in a letter read by the Senate President at the resumed plenary session.

Senator Andy Uba is the Chairman of the committee on public accounts; a position he may relinquish because it is constitutionally reserved for the opposition party. However, his reason for defection was not made public at the time of this report.

Buhari’s Letters

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki officially read the letter of extension of vacation transmitted to the Senate by President Muhammad Buhari.

The letter which was dated 5th February 2017, reads in part: “I am therefore, notifying the Distinguished Senate, that I am extending my leave until the doctors are satisfied that certain factors are ruled”.

Also, the Senate President read two different correspondences from the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

The letters dated 7th of February, 2017, conveyed the nomination of Mr. Adeyinka Asekun as a non career Ambassadorial nominee from Ogun State, while the other letter sought the confirmation of Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen (CFR) as Chief Justice of Nigeria.

The Lawmakers, however, resolved to an executive session, where, the leadership of the Senate received feedback from the various chairmen of Senate standing committees on the budget defence progress.

Source: Voice of Nigeria