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NASS Set To Reconvene Over INEC Budget


The two chambers of the National Assembly are set to reconvene Tuesday next week to approve the N242 billion supplementary budget for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Deputy speaker of the House, Hon Sulaimon Lasub Yussuff, disclosed this yesterday after the APC caucus meeting at the National Assembly.

Expatiating on the outcome of the meeting held between the National Assembly leadership and chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Yakub, Lasun disclosed that the House would resume next Tuesday or Wednesday to attend to the President’s virement request.

“We met yesterday (Wednesday) and have decided that we are likely to reconvene next Tuesday or Wednesday to deliberate on the supplementary budget for INEC”, he confirmed

The deputy speaker explained that the only item on the agenda for reconvening the National Assembly is the consideration of the virement request.

A scheduled meeting of the principal officers of the National Assembly with the INEC chairman on Tuesday was cancelled following the siege on the Parliament by operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS).

The meeting eventually held on Wednesday after the world press conference addressed by Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Recall that both chambers have been on the long recess since July 24.

In another development, the deputy speaker also confirmed that the party has endorsed President Buhari and he will be ratified as the candidate of the party at its national convention.

“So, as at today, the party in principle has agreed that Buhari is going to be our candidate in 2019; I said in principle because when the date of the primary is now finally announced, we just want to go there to approve Buhari as a consensus candidate.

“As long as my colleagues and I standing before you this evening are members of APC, nobody can represent us and represent Buhari more than us; all of us are for Buhari. I as an individual started campaigning for Buhari even before we merged as far back as January 2014”, Lasun stated.

Continuing, Lasun stressed that “So, if I am a member of APC and Buhari is my candidate, how do you now tell who can represent me more than that which is in the system. So, we are all for Buhari and every member of APC is for Buhari, we are all for him”.

According to him, “We are even with him in his decision and actions both the president and the acting president have taken in the last few days. And we want the general public to still see APC as the party of choice because, in the past three years, we have done our utmost best to find a way to right the wrongs of the past administration.

Condemning the DSS blockade of National Assembly, the deputy speaker said “We are here today to let the public know that APC as a caucus condemn what happened a few days ago and also to commend the government for the action taken on the director general of the DSS”

The caucus also commended acting president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo for his prompt action in sacking the erstwhile director general of the Department of State Service (DSS), Mallam Lawal Daura for approving last Monday’s siege on National Assembly.

Affirming that APC remains the majority party in the House, the deputy speaker said “We are all aware that since June 2015 the APC is in the majority in both Chambers, both in the House of Representatives and the Senate and by the grace of God, we are still enjoying that position

“One of the reasons you see us this afternoon is to tell the public once again that APC in the House of Representatives is still in the majority and as a caucus, we are one and we are with our president, Buhari.

He said “Whatever is happening within the House of Representatives can only be represented by the APC caucus of the House. What we know is that in a system that is well fortified like we are fortified in terms of majority, in terms of the calibre of people that are members of APC and the House of Representatives, no others group can represent us better.

“So, what we know as the House of Representatives All Progressive Congress caucus is that no other group can represent our objectives than what we have come here to say”.

Also speaking at the press briefing, House leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila disclosed that the APC caucus was on the same page with her colleagues in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) saying no one was in support of the “rape on democracy”

He said “no member here will accept the rape of democracy. I remember in 2014, when a similar thing happened, our PDP colleagues were with us. How I wish there were here with us today.

“Unfortunately, this thing has been given a party colouration. We want to appeal, particularly to our PDP colleagues they should not use this to malign the APC and the president.

“It is a fact that the president was not aware of what happened. We are therefore calling for a thorough investigation into the matter. We appeal to Nigerians to be calm because a lot of rumours are being spread around”, he said.
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