House Ad hoc Committee Chairman on Media and Public Affairs, Hon Mohammed Sani Zorro (APC, Jigawa), has said that the House of Representatives would not postpone its resumption date because of its current leadership crisis.
Zorro was of the view that the seeming disagreement would be better resolved when everybody was present at plenary.
Commenting on the allegation that the peace committee chaired by Aminu Tambuwal has failed in its mission to settle the matter, Zorro said consultations were still ongoing to arrive to a compromise despite the fact that the former Speaker was out of the country.
The lawmaker said Dogara was working closely with other interested parties to resolve the crisis peacefully and assured Nigerians that they would behave responsibly when they resume this week.
According to him, “I don’t think the House is postponing resumption because of its inability to reconcile the matter at hand. The House works with a calendar. The Senate has shifted its resumption to July 28; you know sometimes they come out with a common calendar; at times, one chamber resumes few days before the other. I assure you that if there is any postponement, it cannot be as a result of the disagreement.
“Disagreement is even better resolved when everybody is around, but I can assure you, the Speaker is working hard to come up with a formula that will be acceptable to all the parties involved upon resumption. According to our intelligence estimate and projections, the House will achieve almost 94 percent stability by September.
“Yes the former Speaker is still meeting with both camps to resolve the crisis. Right now, Tambuwal is out of the country to attend the lesser hajj, but there are other efforts being made by independent parties. The party itself is not sleeping; there are other efforts by goodwill ambassadors. It is not only Tambuwal; Alhaji Ghali Na’Abba is also spearheading such a peace effort together with other former principal officers of the House.
“We will be of good behaviour when we resume and we will act maturely. The Speaker will do the needful by coming up with a formula that will be acceptable to the contending groups. That was why he has intensified consultations.”

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