Supplementary budget: Saraki, Dogara explain delay

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday gave reasons why the National Assembly could not reconvene.
They stated that before resumption, the joint Senate and House of Representatives committees on electoral matters and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission would have to meet.
The joint committees, they added, were also expected to meet with the joint Senate and House Committees on Appropriations, Loans and Debts on the Eurobond loan request “after which two reports would have been ready for presentation in the two chambers.”
They pointed out that none of these meetings had been held, implying that if lawmakers had reconvened, there would have been no report for them to consider.
The two National Assembly leaders made the clarification even as the All Progressives Congress, also on Tuesday, asked the police to monitor the activities of the Senate President very closely, claiming that it had discovered plans by Saraki and others to violently attack the APC senators.
The APC’s advice to the police is contained in a statement by its acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, on Tuesday.
The ruling party alleged that the plan to attack its senators was conceived in the home of one of the Peoples Democratic Party senators in Abuja on Sunday.
It said the aim of the attack was to prevent the APC senators from removing Saraki once the Senate reconvened.

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