Tuesday, 20 September 2016

“We want to discuss Nigeria and not APC or PDP" - Senators

Senators of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, were yesterday, locked in separate meetings to deliberate and fine-tune common positions ahead of debate on the country’s economic recession, expected this morning at plenary. 

The development came as the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, is expected to lead a debate on the state of the economy this morning, shortly after presenting his welcome speech at plenary. While the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, superintended over the APC caucus meeting in his Maitama residence, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, was in charge of the PDP meeting in his Asokoro Legislative Quarter’s home. 

The meetings, according to Vanguard source, are aimed at reaching a common ground so that both sides would not oppose each other on expected resolutions. The two meetings, at press time, were still ongoing in separate locations. 

One of the senators, who preferred his name shrouded in secrecy, told Vanguard: “We want to discuss Nigeria tomorrow and not APC or PDP. We are all suffering at the moment. Following the situation, we have found ourselves and so, this is not time to engage in party politics. 

“We will speak tomorrow as senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and not that of any political party and so, we must agree on what to say and what not to say in our plenary tomorrow.” 

Vanguard further gathered that shortly after Saraki reads his welcome speech to senators today, following their return from the seven weeks recess they had embarked upon, the Red Chamber will go into a closed door session to receive submissions from economic experts on the actual state of the economy. 

Speaking to newsmen earlier on the expected activities of the Senate as it resumes plenary today, Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Kaka Bashir Garbai, APC, Borno Central, said because of serious hardship, Nigerians were going through as a result of the recession, the Senate had programmed for itself two months of critical discussion of the problem.

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