Senators planning for a showdown with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, over his continued stay in office, despite his defection to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, may have been caught off guard in their plan as the National Assembly has decided not to reconvene today, but hold a joint session to stave off impeachment of the leaders of the Senate.
But date for the joint session is not immediately known.
But observers said last night that both sessions of the National Assembly cannot meet to consider a bill.
The senators, it was gathered, had perfected plans to impeach the Senate president, using the occasion of an expected emergency resumption of both the Senate and the House of Representatives today.
But a source close to the leadership of the National Assembly told Vanguard, last night, that the National Assembly would not reconvene plenary as stated by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun, to consider the budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for 2019 general election.
The source, who craved anonymity, however, told Vanguard that should the pressure of resumption continue to mount, the plan in the works now was to call for a joint session to be presided over by Saraki at the chamber of the House of Representatives.
He stated that the joint session shall be restricted to only one agenda, which is the budget for INEC for 2019 elections.
The source stated that measure was being taken to keep the APC senators in check and to prevent them from raising even a dissenting voice against the Senate President during the session.
The source said: “The National Assembly is not likely to reconvene on Tuesday (today) or Wednesday (tomorrow) as being speculated. But a suggestion was made this morning (yesterday) to the leadership that if push comes to shove, a joint session should be held in the House of Representatives chamber presided over by the Senate President on INEC budget.
“The idea is to stave off the senators rooting for impeachment of the Senate president. If you hold the session with the members of the House, I can assure you that no senator would raise a voice against the Senate president because such a person may be beaten. So, a joint session is currently being considered. That was the suggestion this morning (yesterday).”
The source, however, charged Nigerians to ask the Presidency why it decided to keep the INEC budget, which he said was submitted to it since last February, only to bring up the issue when the National Assembly was proceeding on recess.
He also hinted that Speaker Yakubu Dogara was not likely to defect to Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, this month until the dust in the Senate settles.
He added that the fact that the PDP won the local government of the speaker in the last senatorial by-election in Bauchi State was a straight deduction that Dogara would eventually move to PDP, no matter how long it takes.
“The election result was a straight answer that the people of his local government have rejected the APC. But I can tell you that the speaker is not defecting now, may not even be this month.
“Though the speaker is keeping everyone guessing, I know he would move after this time,” the source assured