APC demanding open reading of party letter, naive – Na’Allah

By Post Nigeria June 30, 2015 19:04

APC demanding open reading of party letter, naive – Na’Allah

Subsequent to the leadership tussle that has engulfed the 8th Assembly, the Deputy Leader of the Senate, Senator Bala Ibn-Na’Allah has categorically stated that it is only letters from the President of the country that can be read on the floor of the Senate or the House of Representatives, as indicated in the order book.

He cleared the air on why the supposed letters sent by the leadership of the All Progressive Congress, APC to the National assembly were not read.

“A lot of people do not understand; as a member of the National Assembly, the moment you step into the National Assembly, you either take the Bible or the Quran; and then you subscribe to the oath of allegiance and then take your oath of office.

“The oath of office says that you will uphold, protect and defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Law and then the Rules of the Senate.

“Outside these three documents, (a) senator does not have any leverage to do anything; there is no other document outside these three.

“If you carefully look at the rules of the Senate, the only letters that can be read on the floor of the House should a letter from Mr. President.

“And that is the convention not only in Nigeria, but in all other parliaments all over the world,” He added.

It will be recalled that asides other remote causes, the immediate factor that triggered the exchange of blows and intense struggle for the mace in the House of Representative last Thursday was an implicit refusal by the Speaker of the House; Honourable Yakubu Dogara to read a letter sent from the party leadership for the appointment of Principal Officers.