PDP Reps warn against extension of resumption date

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the House of Representatives on Tuesday warned against further postponement of the resumption of the legislature.

They deplored the series of adjournments the National Assembly had suffered since its inauguration on June 9 as a result of the crisis in the governing All Progressives Congress (APC).

The lawmakers, at a press conference in Abuja, accused the APC of taking Nigerians for a ride.

The Senate and the House, which ought to resume on Tuesday, have extended the date for resumption of plenary sessions to July 21, apparently to give APC more time to resolve its internal crisis.

But leader of the PDP Caucus in the House, Hon. Leo Ogor (PDP, Delta), dissociated his party from the latest postponement.

He described the postponement as a manifestation of the ruling party’s unpreparedness to govern, adding that the delay in the resumption of full legislative business is having a negative impact on the National Assembly and “becoming very embarrassing.” He said the new resumption date was not negotiable.

“The new resumption day, we want to state with all emphasis, that on that day it should be a day that is non-negotiable because resumption must take place on that day

“We are ready to work, we were elected to come and legislate for our people and there are issues that have started having some level of negative impact, even in the society,” he said.

He attributed the inability of the parliament to intervene in some of the unfolding issues in the polity, including the raid on houses of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) to the several postponements and called on the APC leadership to immediately “put its house in order.” Ogor berated the Department of State Services (DSS) for alleged interference in political matters.

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