Buhari to meet NASS members over ‘constitutional issues’

Buhari to meet NASS members over ‘constitutional issues’

President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to pays working visit to the National on Tuesday. In line with the section 64(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended), he is expected to proclaim the 9th National Assembly. Most of the newly elected lawmakers are yet to arrive Abuja ahead of his first


President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to pays working visit to the National on Tuesday.

In line with the section 64(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended), he is expected to proclaim the 9th National Assembly.

Most of the newly elected lawmakers are yet to arrive Abuja ahead of his first sitting by the lawmakers.

A CROSS SESSION OF THE 8TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

The presidential action was contained in a one-page document, sighted by our Correspondent, titled ‘Proclamation for the Holding of the First Session of the 9th National Assembly,’ bearing the president’s seal, signed on May 30.

The document stated inter alia: “Whereas it is provided in Section 64(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) that the person elected as president shall have power to issue a proclamation for the holding of the first session of the National Assembly immediately after his being sworn-in.

The president stated: “Now, therefore, I, Muhammadu Buhari, President Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in exercise of the powers bestowed upon me by Section 64 (3) aforesaid and of all other powers enabling me in that behalf, hereby proclaim that the first session of the Ninth (9th) National Assembly shall hold at 10:00am on Tuesday, 11th June, 2019 in the National Assembly, Abuja.

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“Given under my hand and the public seal of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at Abuja, this 30th day of May, 2019.
Controversy, however, appeared to have dogged the authenticity of the proclamation document.

A dependable source at the office of the Clerk of the National Assembly (CNA), Alhaji Mohammed Sani-Omolori, confirmed that the document was actually received from the president, the former Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, feigned ignorance of the document.

But he hinted that he was yet to get authorization from the appropriate his boss.

Already, House of Representatives members-elect of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other parties such as Young Peoples Party (YPP), Social Democratic Movement (SDM) and African Democratic Congress (ADC) met yesterday to garner support for the election of Hon Femi Gbajabiamila as speaker of the Ninth House ahead of the inauguration on Tuesday.

The meeting, held at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, saw Gbajabiamila canvassing for the support of the main opposition PDP and other legislators-elect to emerge as the next House speaker.

Lobby and horse-trading for the positions of principal officers in both chambers in the National Assembly, have intensified.

Security has been beefed up in FCT Abuja while Officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) have braced for heavy traffic around the nation’s Capital for the Eid El-Fitri festival.

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