The Senate President, Bukola Saraki has cancelled Tuesday’ plenary as a large number of the senators failed to turn up for proceedings.
Saraki led the Principal Officers into the chambers; took the official prayers; and began the day’s proceedings at 10:47 am.
However, Senator Babakaka Garbai moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Thursday, 8th November 2018.
Senator Emmanuel Paulker seconded.
Senator Philip Aduda cited Order 10 and moved that since a majority of Senators are on oversight duty, plenary be adjourned. DSP, Ike Ekweremadu rose to second.
“This is in line with order 10.3; if we do not have quorum, we need to adjourn. That being said, all senators currently on oversight function should try to complete all duties before the end of the week.”- Saraki stated.
Senate Leader moved that all other items on the order paper be stood down to another legislative day which the Minority Leader seconded.
According to Saraki, less than 20 out of 109 Senators are participating in the legislative proceedings and the number is not enough to form a quorum.
He also added that some of the lawmakers are on oversight functions.
Regardless of the excuses given by Saraki for his colleagues, there are insinuations that the absence of most of the lawmakers may not be unconnected with preparations for the 2019 general elections.
It is an open secret that most of the Senators are fighting for re-election into the Senate.
This is the second time in less than one month where the Senate is adjourning Plenary for lawmakers to perform their oversight function on MDA’s.
The Upper Chamber has therefore adjourned plenary till November 20, 2018.