By: Taiwo Adisa-Abuja
Further details emerged at the weekend as to the reasons behind the postponement of the resumption of the National Assembly from July 21 to 28.
The Senate and the House of Representatives had adjourned on June 25, fixing the resumption for July 21.
But a statement from the National Assembly at the weekend indicated that the resumption has been further put forward.
The Senate’s version of the statement made available by the Acting Clerk of Senate, Adedotun Durojaiye, which gave no reasons for the postponement, indicated that the lawmakers would resume on July 28.
The statement titled ‘Rescheduling the resumption of the Senate in Plenary,’ read: “This is to inform all Distinguished Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that Resumption of the Senate in plenary has been rescheduled from Tuesday, 21st July , 2015 to Tuesday, 28th July, 2015.
“All Distinguished Senators are by this notice requested to resume sitting in plenary on Tuesday, 28th July, 2015 by 10.00 a.m. prompt.”
It however emerged that the need to settle the rift among the Senators was a determining factor that informed the postponement.
It was gathered that Senators believed that the one week to be gained would afford them the time to meet and resolve their differences, such that the chamber would work in unison afterwards.
A source said that it won’t speak well of the Senators and the party if they continued the acrimony witnessed before the adjournment at resumption.
It was also gathered that since President Buhari would not be available until later in the week, it would not augur well for the reconciliation efforts if there were moves in his absence.
Another source however added that the lawmakers wanted to give themselves more time to study the Governor Adams Oshiomhole Committee report on the crisis in the National Assembly and then come to common grounds before the resumption.
“The lawmakers are concerned that the period of the long recess was enough to resolve all differences. But the Oshiomhole committee report just got to most of the lawmakers and they decided to take time to digest the recommendations. They are also of the view that the resolution should not take place behind President Muhammadu Buhari who will be away in the United States. They want to ensure that once they get together this time, a final resolution would be reached,” a source said.