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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Fresh Crises Looms in The Senate

Fresh crisis is imminent in the Senate over the circulation of a new rule alleged to have been produced to correct an error in the earlier Standing Orders given to Senators on Tuesday, June 9. Investigations showed that the latest rule which was circulated to Senators at yesterday’s plenary, was used to correct some controversial amendments made in the earlier one distributed on June 9. Specifically, Order 13 ( 1 ) of the initially ammended rule,  stipulates that the sitting of the Senate shall hold on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 2pm and 6pm. However,  attempts by Senator Kabir Marafa to draw the attention of the Upper Chamber to some of the obvious errors committed by the Senate leadership based on the provisions in the previous earlier rule, were frustrated by Senate President Bukola Saraki in plenary. Marafa relied on Order 1 (a)and (b); 13  (1) and (2); and order 3 (2), to seek the nullification of all activities carried out by the senate after the official proclamation of the 8th Senate on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari. He said his demands were being guided by Saraki’s ruling of June 24 that the Senate Standing Rule in force was the Standing Order 2015 as amended, and the explanation offered by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, on the same issue.

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