89 Senators ‘Missing’ Today, As Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Takes Drastic Decision On The Floor Of The Senate
The Senate, on Tuesday, adjourned for a week, following the inability of the Red Chamber to form a quorum.
The Chamber needs at least 38 Senators out of 109, to carry out Legislative activities at plenary, but it was observed that 20 members were seated at the commencement of the day’s session. This implies that 89 Senators were missing from today’s Legislative sitting.
The Minority Whip, Senator Phillip Aduda, who moved the motion for the adjournment, citing order 10 (3) of the Senate Rules, explained that most of the members were not at plenary, because they went on oversight functions.
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, seconded the motion for the adjournment, stressing that the order cited by Aduda, barred the Senate from carrying out any Legislative duties, if members are not up to 38.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, put the motion to a vote, and members overwhelmingly backed it.
Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, thereafter moved for the adjournment till Tuesday, November 20.