Reps reconvene over Boko Haram in first sitting after Tambuwal’s defection

The House of Representatives will suspend its extended break and reconvene Thursday to consider a request by President Goodluck Jonathan to extend emergency rule in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States.

Mr. Jonathan has requested the Senate and the House to approve an extension of emergency rule in the three states for the third time to help the military quell a brutal insurgency by Boko Haram.

The Senate confirmed receiving the president’s letter Tuesday, and commenced debate on the request with some senators rejecting the president’s request.

Both Houses must agree for a new round of extension after the expiration of the existing one on Thursday.

The House of Representatives, which adjourned October 28 after the speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, will reconvene ahead of scheduled resumption date to discuss the request, the speaker said Tuesday.

“On Tuesday, 18th November 2014, I received a communication from the President, Commander-in- Chief of the Armed Forces, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR, requesting for the extension of the existing State of Emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States by the House of Representatives,” he said in a statement.

“Pursuant to the powers conferred on me by Section 305 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, which requires me to “forthwith convene or arrange a meeting of the House” and in order to treat the extension before the expiration of the current State of Emergency in accordance with Section 305 (6) (c) of the Constitution, I hereby reconvene the House of Representatives…”

The House initially scheduled to reopen in December in a move believed designed by Mr. Tambuwal to frustrate any backlash from the PDP over his defection to the APC which is in the minority in the House.

Thursday’s sitting will be the first time the House will be convening since the defection, and the session is expected to feature concerns from the ruling party on whether or not Mr. Tambuwal will retain his seat as speaker.

Minority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, told PREMIUM TIMES that the APC was not concerned about PDP lawmakers attempting to move against Mr. Tambuwal.

“We are not concerned because PDP lawmakers, individually, I believe, will respect the law. They are upright people. The court said the status quo should remain,” he said.

Mr. Gbajabiamila said President Jonathan’s letter to Mr. Tambuwal in his capacity as speaker, nullifies arguments by the same party that the speaker lost his seat after decamping to APC.

“PDP cannot on the one hand say somebody is not a speaker or member and meanwhile the president is writing a letter to him as the speaker. The House is one,” he said.


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  • Aboki

    Femi Gbajabiamila speaking tongue in check. Why patronizing PDP lawmakers after so much bragging and empty threats. Let’s see who blink first. Game on.

    • Musty

      Let wait and see. Are you aware of the goings in pdp? That five governors are planing for Mu’azu’s impeachment or they defect to another party? In many states pdp state legislators are planing defection. Thus, the fire within pdp is too much right for them, GOODLUCK pdp

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Tambuwal thought he could be smarter and faster than his shadow !!

    • Otile

      Little did he know.

  • tuco

    Bravo! Kudos to Tambuwal for putting national interest above personal interest, you have convincingly demonstrate time and again your true leadership qualities. However, your recent withdrawal from the presidential race is equally a welcomed idea as i do feel is not the right time for you given the obvious circumstances on ground. Nonetheless, Sokoto sai Tambuwal.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Well stated, tuco.

  • Otile

    We thought they were reconvening to sack this odale man. He needs to go back to Sakwoto where he can only deceive his own people, we don’t need his treachery. I feel for Hon Mulikat who was robbed of her post as Speaker of the Federation.

  • favourtalk

    Tambuwa is the man in doing the work better. Kudos to you sir for doing the same good thing over again, we love transformation in this country and those minds that are working with you in other to achieve good success as a speaker.

  • shamsuddeen

    my prayer here is that distinguish members should look and assess the impact of the declaration of the emergency rule in those states and decide. In my views emergency rule has not given us the desired results , now that the vigilante/ hunters are performing better ,we should allow the governors in the affected states to take charge of the affairs of their states and let us see what happens. I believe if the FG will support the state governments with the help of the hunters we can make an in road to crushing the insurgents, but I know the FG have their own game plans, they will not like the insurgency to end like that before elections, now that there is a rumour sheriff is going from one camp of displaced persons to another campaigning for PDP it will be difficult for the FGN to support the governors to dislodge the insurgents. we should always remember there is God.
    My fear is if the NASS refused to accede to the extension the insurgents may take the advantage of absence of the federal troops to launch more attacks ruthlessly.

  • bikky

    This President shelf,so he can write to Hon.Tambuwal as the Speaker of the House.Na wao, Anyway TIME IS HERE vote wisely.