Senate APC caucus urges respect for national institutions
• Southern Borno natives storm N’Assembly over Ndume’s suspension
The caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Senate yesterday declared that the solution to the face off between it and the executive arm of government would emerge when institutions of government are properly respected.
This position came just as APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun called for immediate ceasefire by the two arms of government. At a three-hour meeting between APC national leadership and the party’s caucus in the National Assembly, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, also said all questions being raised about the suspension of former Senate leader, Ali Ndume, were mere distractions because the Senate was focused on addressing key issues affecting the ordinary people.
Saraki, who described Odigie-Oyegun’s visit as a good development, stressed the need for regular consultations between the two arms of government. “We are all part of one umbrella as a party. And whether there are issues or not, regular consultations between the legislative arm of government and the party is important.”
Odigie-Oyegun commended the National Assembly for the cooperation it had been extending to the executive despite some differences. Meanwhile, scores of people from Borno South Senatorial District yesterday stormed the National Assembly to protest against the suspension of the Senator representing the area, Mohammed Ali Ndume.
Also, hundreds of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the senatorial district occupied the Unity Fountain Square, Abuja yesterday to protest against Ndume’s suspension. They vowed to remain at the venue until the Senate recalls their senator.
The protesters described the action as illegal, undemocratic and self-serving.
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