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The Presidency says it will not be part of any action that could destabilise the National Assembly.

 

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, gave this indication amidst speculations about underground moves to reconvene the Senate illegally.

 

Addressing newsmen in Abuja, Senator Enang said the Presidency would continue to support the National Assembly to ensure that the Executive and the Legislature stay in peace.

 

However; Senator Enang appealed to the federal lawmakers to reconvene to attend to some issues that required their attention, including the 2018 supplementary budget.

 

Senator Enang also hinted that the government was at a risk of total shutdown if the National Assembly does not reconvene immediately.

 

He said among other things, the legislature needed to approve some pending foreign loans for the execution of capital budget tied to the 2018.

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has condemned the security blockade of the National Assembly.

 

Governor Wike therefore called on Nigerians to resist what he called an assault on the legislature and dictatorship by the APC-led Federal Government.

 

In a statement released by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, Governor Wike observed that the security siege on the National Assembly has the capacity to truncate Nigeria’s democracy.

 

Governor Wike encouraged the National Assembly members to stand firm in defence of the nation's democracy by resisting anti-democratic attempts against the parliament.

 

He also berated some state governors who appear happy with what is happening under the APC government, warning that they could face their turn tomorrow.

 

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Members of the PDP in the National Assembly have raised alarm about a purported sinister plot APC-led Federal Government to reconvene the legislature with the aim of impeaching the Senate President.

 

Senator Ben Murray Bruce from Bayelsa State and Senator Biodun Olujimi from Ekiti State raised the alarm while reacting to the security siege on the National Assembly.

The PDP lawmakers were the ones mainly seen at the barricaded entrance to the National Assembly complex, along with members of staff.

 

Senators Murray-Bruce and Senator Olujimi warned that it was against the principles of democracy if such illegal move was allowed, and called on the international community to intervene to save Nigeria’s democracy.

 

 

Some PDP members of the House of Representatives who were also trapped at the entrance of the National Assembly, including two of the thirty-seven who recently defected from the APC, also complained about the treatment they received from the DSS operatives.

 

There you heard some members of the National Assembly who were locked out at the entrance to the complex by DSS operatives.

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Security operatives deployed by the Department of State Service have sealed up the National Assembly complex in Abuja based on what the DSS calls an order from above.

 

Our correspondent James Igah reports that lawmakers were initially barred from going into the complex by the security operatives, but later allowed access after reports went out about the barricade.

 

The security deployment at the National Assembly comes ahead of a meeting of principal officers to review latest political developments following the gale of defections by members of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

 

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, convened the meeting two weeks into the annual recess by the National Assembly based on concerns about pending urgent matters of state, including approval of the budget for the 2019 general election.

 

Reports say the leadership of the National Assembly is also scheduled to meet with Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu.

 

There are also concerns about the fate of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, following a plot to have him impeached after his defection from the ruling APC to the main opposition PDP.

 

Meanwhile; journalists are not being allowed into the National Assembly complex to monitor deliberations at the emergency meeting of principal officers, just as reports indicate that there are more security operatives inside the assembly complex, beyond those stationed at the entrance.

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Senator Godswill Akpabio has resigned his position as Minority Leader of the Senate of the Eighth National Assembly, to further fuel his anticipated defection from the People’s Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress.

 

Senator Akpabio’s resignation letter, which was contained in his personal letterhead and also signed personally, was addressed to the Senate Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Emmaunel Bwacha.

 

In a copy of the letter circulated to journalists by his Special Adviser on Media, Anietie Ekong, Senator Akpabio thanked the leadership of the Senate, all his colleagues and the PDP for the opportunity to lead the PDP Caucus in the chamber over the past three years.

 

Senator Akpabio’s letter was also copied to the Senate President, the Deputy Senate President, the Clerk of the Senate, the Clerk of the National Assembly, and the National Chairman of the PDP, among others.

 

The letter dated 4th of August has only surfaced after Senator’s Akpabio’s second meeting with the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, after his visit to President Muhammadu Buhari who is on vacation in London over the weekend.

 

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, had also over the weekend confirmed that Senator Akpabio would be received into the APC at a ceremony in Akwa Ibom State tomorrow.

 

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