A large contingent of officials of the Department for State Security has taken over the National Assembly Complex, Abuja, in readiness for the crucial House of Representatives sitting today.
Sources said the heavy presence of DSS officials is targeted as preventing the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwwal, from getting into the complex.
Tambuwwal, who irritated the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, with his recent defection to the opposition All Progressives Congress, adjourned the House sitting shortly after his defection on October 28. He announced a resumption schedule for December in what was believed an attempt to frustrate any move by his former party to execute an alleged plan to impeach him.
The House announced this week it will reconvene Thursday to discuss President Goodluck Jonathan’s request to extend emergency rule in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States, where Boko Haram attacks have been rife.
Thursday’s plenary would be the first since Tambuwal’s defection. House Minority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, said the APC expects the PDP to abide by a court ruling, which ordered that the status quo be maintained in the House, meaning the speaker retains his seat.