Due to its inability to form quorum owing to the ongoing congresses of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, preparatory to its national convention slated for Saturday, May 21, the Senate yesterday suspended sittings for a week.
The rules of the Senate stipulate that quorum is formed for plenary when one-third, that is, at least 37 of the 109 senators were present.
But during yesterday’s plenary, senators present were not up to 37 with All Progressives Congress, APC, numbering 25 while the PDP senators were four, and just one for Labour Party, LP.
One of the congresses at a local government by the PDP yesterday prevented senators from forming a quorum.
After considering the votes and proceedings of Wednesday, leader of the Senate, Muhammad Ali Ndume moved that plenary be adjourned to the next legislative day, which would have been Tuesday next week, but moved to Thursday, May 12, next week, on account of PDP state congress coming up on that day.
In a letter forwarded to the Senate president and read on the floor, the minority leader of the Senate and leader of the PDP Senate caucus, Godwill Akpabio said as the congresses of the party got to local government and state levels, the Senate should allow PDP senators to participate fully by suspending plenary.
The Senate thereafter adjourned plenary to Thursday, May 12.
Coincidentally, the one week adjournment of plenary by the Senate will also afford its embattled president, Bukola Saraki, to pay full attention to his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, on Tuesday next week as earlier slated by the tribunal at its last sitting last week Thursday.