PDP lawmakers absent as Buhari hosts national assembly leaders

The legislature and the executive have been passing the buck on which arm of government is responsible for the delayed passage of the budget, which President Muhammadu Buhari laid before a joint session of the Assembly on November 7, 2017.

"In view of the provisions of section 58, subsection 5 of the 1999 constitution which empowers the National Assembly to veto the President withholding of his assent by a two-third majority votes, the court is simply to preserve the res in other to safeguard the integrity of the court and the sanctity of the judiciary under section 6 (6) of the 1999 constitution".

However, the letter was not subjected to debate in the Senate, though there was a closed door session before the plenary.

The House's move, however, will only be effective if a similar decision is taken by the Senate.

He said the National Assembly leadership also gave the President their opinions during the interaction.

On election sequence, the spokesman said: "However, we are in disagreement with the president over his first reason, which states that sequence of election in Section 25 of the Principal Act may infringe on the constitutionally guaranteed discretion of INEC to organise, undertake and supervise all elections provided in Section 15 (a) to the third schedule of the constitution".

"Again, if you go to section 76 of the constitution, it states that: "Elections to each House of the National Assembly shall be held on a date to be appointed by the Independent National Electoral Commission".

The Accord Party instituted the suit challenging the national assembly's right to alter the election sequence prepared by the electoral body, INEC.

"We are seeking about nine members to join the race, so that we can get the required 73 senators needed to override the veto", a source said, regretting that some senators were still sitting on the fence. They haven't seen the last yet.

Similarly, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, in an interview with Daily Trust also said he will fight the battle against the amendment have to the end.

Also the Presidency, speaking on the Bills rejected by President Buhari, said 'not everything that the NASS passed that would go as passed'.

But he later recanted the claim on the floor of the Senate when he withdrew his statement; and apologised to the Senate for giving the information which he admitted was wrong.

They wonder why the National Assembly is desperate to dictate to the commission on how it conducts elections.

The warning is coming against the backdrop of the imminent face-off between INEC and the National Assembly over the ordering of the 2019 elections. Mahmood Yakubu announced the dates for elections for the next 36 years.

Those absent were Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Godswill Akpabio (Minority Leader), Emmanuel Bwacha (Deputy Minority Leader) and Biodun Olujimi-Deputy (Minority Whip).

"INEC should be cautious of who it is listening to. That is the check and balances we have under the constitution".

"We need this country, we love this country".

"It was a good development, " Saraki added.

"You have not declared campaigns open, and some are already campaigning".

President Muhammadu Buhari last night met with the leadership of the National Assembly at the presidential villa, Abuja.

The agenda of the meeting was not made public.

He however charged the National Assembly to follow due process of electoral amendment to the constitution. However, all principal officers on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in both chambers were present.

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