The Spokesperson for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kola Ologbondiyan, has said that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, reserves the right to reconvene the Senate.
He said this on Wednesday in response to comments by the senator representing Borno South, Ali Ndume, that Saraki had shut down the Senate abruptly and therefore, asked that it be reconvened.
Quoting section 12 of the Senate’s Standing Rule, the PDP spokesperson explained that “It is the responsibility of the Senate President to determine when the Senate will reconvene.
“Senator Ali Ndume was on the floor the day the Senate adjourned the sitting and as such, it is wrong and amounts to a blackmail to say that he shut down the Senate.
“Senator Bukola Saraki did not shut down the Senate,” Ologbondiyan said.
Ndume had accused the Senate President of shutting down the National Assembly over personal issues.
He said he was shocked at the manner with which he (Saraki) acted and therefore, asked that the Senate be reconvened in order for it to resolve some critical national matters.
He said, “What I want to do personally is to call on the Senate President Bukola Saraki, to reconvene the Senate because we have critical matters of urgent national importance before the National Assembly.
“His closure of the National Assembly that day was unbelievable. I was shocked by the way he acted.
“The Senate is not Saraki, he is just a member of the Senate. Saraki is just a presiding officer that anybody can be, so for him to have just shut down the National Assembly because of personal issues, is very unfortunate and uncalled for especially when you have very important matters before the Senate,” he added.
According to Ndume, some of the pending matters include the approval of the FCT budget, budgets for INEC, the appointment of ICPC members among others.