The Clerk of the Senate, Mr. Benedict Efeturi, has issued a public notice directing senators to resume on January 21 against the earlier resumption date of January 14, citing the Eid – Maulud holiday and the Armed Forces Remembrance Day, as reasons.
But report suggests the postponement would allow the Senate leadership meet with other PDP senators on how to tackle the threats of defection by their aggrieved colleagues.
Fear of defection grips the senate. Of the PDP senators, close to 20 aggrieved were said to be preparing to dump the party for the APC whenever they resumed from their Christmas/New Year break.
But the senate’s spokesperson said the postponement of the resumption was at the instance of the Senate leadership but he did not give specific reasons for it.
He said, “I don’t other reasons that led to the postponement other than the reasons given by the senate leadership through the public announcement that had been published.”
Meanwhile, Senate Committee Chairman on Rules and Business, Senator Ita Enang, had asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct fresh polls to fill vacant seats left by the lawmakers who had defected to the All Progressives Congress since they became members of the National Assembly through the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party they were abandoning.
The reaction by Enang forced the Senate leadership to direct the Chairman, Senate Committee on Information, Media and Public Affairs, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, to issue a statement, dissociating the Upper legislative chamber from the personal opinion expressed by Enang.