Thursday, June 25, 2015

We’re fighting for your interest, Ekweremadu tells Nigerians

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has stated that the ongoing “fight” in the National Assembly is in the interest of Nigerians.

Plenary session was disrupted for hours in the House of Representatives on Wednesday as members engaged in a free-for-all fight over the election of new principal officers.

The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, wants its nominees elected leaders, a position that has been rejected the leaderships of the Senate and the House.

Mr. Ekweremadu who represents Enugu state at the Senate in his reaction after the ugly incident said “Dear Nigerians, please be rest assured that we are all fighting for your interest. We need your prayer and support for a better Nigeria”.

He made the remark via his twitter handle.

Both chambers of the National Assembly have again gone on recess to reconvene on July 21.

They resumed Plenary on Tuesday after a two-week break following the emergence of Bukola Saraki as Senate President and Yakubu Dogara, as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The Deputy Senate president also announced that the leadership of the Senate had on Wednesday inaugurated an ad hoc committee on finance to address the National Assembly budget and another to draft Legislative agenda for the Senate.

Mr. Saraki had maintained that the Senate under his leadership would cut cost and run an open budget.

Many Nigerians have condemned the decision of the national assembly to go on a one month recess at a time the nation eagerly awaits the appointment of ministers by President Muhammadu Buhari. Such appointments must be approved by the Senate.

Mr. Ekweremadu however, assured that the Senate would “reconvene once the Ministerial list is ready”.

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