Crisis In Senate Deepens As Plenary Is Adjourned

The crises in the Senate deepened on Wednesday as plenary was adjourned without considering any bills and motions.

Federal lawmakers in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) appeared set to battle the president over what they say is “his failure to curtail the powers of state governors”.

Sources say lawmakers have resolved to cut short plenary so that no bill or motion is considered until President Jonathan democratizes the party structures and grant them automatic tickets to return as lawmakers.

But an opposition lawmaker, Senator Babafemi Ojodu condemned the actions of the PDP lawmakers accusing them of frustrating legislative proceedings in the Senate.

Channels Television spoke to some PDP lawmakers who did not want to be identified but said they are unhappy with the president for allowing governors to manipulate the pdp ward congresses across the country.

Some PDP lawmakers have read the hand writing on the wall that they may not return to the senate in 2015 as some governors want their seats and also want to replace senators with their loyalists.

Nonetheless at plenary, Senate President, David Mark, carefully addressed the issue of the defection of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba said the issue needs to be addressed as quickly as possible to avoid a deterioration in legislative work.

The PDP caucus in the Senate held a meeting immediately after plenary to try to resolve the crisis.

A source who did not want to be named told Channels Television that the PDP caucus would meet with President Jonathan to discuss the impasse.

The source said the PDP lawmakers are proposing that at least two lawmakers from each state be given automatic tickets to return to the upper legislative chamber.

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