Nigerian Senate adjourns plenary for lack of quorum

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

The Nigerian Senate has adjourned plenary without considering any motion or bill, as the Senators present were not up to the number required to form a quorum.

According to the Rules of the Senate, “quorum is formed for plenary when one-third (at least 37 senators) of the 109 senators were present.”

 However, Senators present were not up to 37 and were only of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), as Senators of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had left Abuja to participate in their Local Government Congresses.

Consequently, after considering the votes and proceedings of the previous legislative day, (Wednesday) the Senate Leader, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume moved a motion for the adjournment of plenary session. The Senate thereafter adjourned plenary to next week Thursday May 12, 2016.