There are indications that the House might reconvene within the next one week to take further actions over Tambuwal’s defection and move for his ouster.
The decision to reconvene the House was one of the outcomes of the meeting between Jonathan and some principal officers of the House and PDP leaders.
The principal officers were the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha; the Majority Leader, Mulikat Akande-Adeola; and the Deputy Majority Leader, Mr. Leo Ogor.
By enabling provisions, the House requires the approval of one-third of the total number of 360 members to reconvene the House.
A source at the meeting Thursday, said, “What will happen is that about 120 members will sign and pass over to the speaker, asking that the House should be reconvened. That is what is going to happen in the next one week.”
Before now the House members who have been Loyal to the speaker after the meeting by the PDP are moving against him, one of the key officials said.
“This is politics and nothing personal, if the Speaker has defected, why not step aside as speaker knowing that the ruling PDP is to hold the mantle of the position he obviously doesn’t want to let go”?
He continued, “I don’t know what you mean by we’ve been loyal to him, yes we’ve enjoyed his leadership and that has nothing to do with changing political parties and sitting tight to the office that the PDP provides, on that of course as politicians we disagree with him”
“What we intend to do has been decided and within the next week you press men will see what will happen but for now, Speaker Tambuwal cannot continue to eat his cake and have it”. The House member who doesn’t want his name mention tells NewsWireNGR
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress, APC has accused President Jonathan of planning to reconvene the house following the withdrawal of Tambuwal’s aides.
The statement reads thus: “The All Progressives Congress rejects this challenge to democracy and modern society. We reject President Jonathan’s illegality and call for respect and compliance with the law. We reject this meddling in the affairs of the Legislature especially given the resolution of President Jonathan and his close advisers yesterday at their meeting to ask the Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha to unlawfully reconvene the House before the adjourned date.