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FW: National Assembly yet to resume plenary

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This article is part of our #FirstWord series to provide context on trending news.

On 24th July 2018, Nigeria’s National Assembly announced that it would not sit for the next two months. The adjournment made by Senate President Bukola Saraki (PDP-Kwara) stated that the Senate would reconvene only on September 25th.

The suspension of plenary by the National Assembly came in response to the siege on the residence of Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu by security operatives. The siege was part of a plan to prevent mass defection of aggrieved senators to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which, by the way, eventually happened.


What are the implications?

The National Assembly failing to reconvene means that pending urgent matters before the adjournment have been put on hold till further notice.

One of the issues, the approval of a supplementary budget to fund the 2018 budget and the 2019 general elections is hanging. The supplementary funds, when approved, would enable the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to start gearing up for the 2019 polls.

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