The Nigerian Senate has suspended further deliberation on the amendment of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and Tribunals Act as well as the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.
The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over plenary made the announcement on Wednesday after a two hour close door session. The close-door session was informed by a Point of Order raised by Senator Hope Uzodinma (PDP-Imo West) on the need for the senate to discuss some issues affecting the integrity of the senate.
It would be recalled that the Bill to amend the Acts, sponsored by Senator Peter Nwoboshi (PDP-Delta North), had passed through first and second readings on April 12 and April 14.
The senate, while declaring support for the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, in his trial, also suspended discussion on the petition of inflammatory statements on the Senate against Senator Kabiru Marafa (APC-Zamfara Central).
According to the Deputy Senate President, “the senate in a close-door session discussed a number of issues affecting the smooth working of the senate. And I am happy to announce to our colleagues and the entire nation that after exhaustive deliberations and being sincere to ourselves, we decided to put behind us all things that have divided us since the inception of the 8th Senate and work as a united Senate in the best interest of our country.
We also agreed in the closed session to suspend the discussion of the Committee on Ethics report on Senator Marafa. We agreed to suspend further deliberation on the amendment on the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal’s Act and the Criminal and Administration of Justice Act. We agreed that this senate should stand and we do stand by the senate president in his trial until proven guilty by the court in accordance with our constitution and democratic practices all over the world including South Africa, Brazil and Russia,’’ he said.
The Deputy President of the Senate further announced that the senate had set up committees to reconcile warring factions in the senate as well as other pertinent issues.
“We also agreed to set up a committee; two from each geo-political zone to address all the remaining issues and as part of the reconciliation. Those in court should consider withdrawing the cases. Further to the agreement to set up the committees, the geo-political zones have sent names of their representatives. For South South; we have Sen. Akpabio and Sen. James Manager, for North West. We have Sen. Sani Yerima and Suleiman Hunkunyi, for the North East; we have Sen. Bukar Abba and Joshua Lidani.
For the South East we have Sam Egwu and Hope Uzodinma, for the North Central, we have Gemade and Abdullahi Adamu, and for the South West we have Monsurat Sumonu and Sen. Gbenga Ashafa,” he said.
The senate, thereafter ,proceeded on another close-door session to meet with National Security Adviser and all Service Chiefs over the abduction of over 200 Chibok Secondary School girls.
New Clerk of National Assembly
The National Assembly Commission has appointed the Clerk of the House of Representatives, Mr Mohammed Sani-Omolori, as the new Acting Clerk of the National Assembly.
Mr. Sani-Omolori is to replace the outgoing Clerk of the National Assembly (CNA) Salisu Maikasuwa who is to proceed terminal leave on May 14.
He became Clerk of the House of Representatives in 2008. A prince of Ebira, in Kogi state North Central Nigeria, he was born into the family of the immediate past Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, the late Mohammed Sani-Omolori, in Okene, on June 7, 1961.
The new acting clerk is a graduate of Law from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria in 1979 where he obtained LLB in Law 1982. And Upon graduation from ABU, he proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos in 1982 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1983.