Tambuwal Presides Over Jonathan’s Request Tomorrow

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House of Representatives will Thursday reconvene to debate President Goodluck Jonathan’s request for an extension of emergency rule in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states. This is the first meeting since the House of Representatives Speaker Aminu Tambuwal defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.
His decision did not go down well with his former party, which demanded Tambuwal’s resignation. The PDP reasoned that having ditched the party, which sponsored him to the House and on which strength, as majority party, he became Speaker, Tambuwal should resign and vacate his seat. It was also on the reasoning that Tambuwal had lost his seat by his defection that the police cited for withdrawing his retinue of police security. The Inspector General of Police Sulaiman Abba cited the relevant constitutional stipulations to back his action, which the speaker challenged in court until Monday. Tambuwaml’s counsel, Tunji Abayomi, informed the court of his client’s decision to discontinue the case. Sources told newsbreak.ng the embattled speaker was prevailed upon to withdraw his case and give mediation, which  Senate President David Mark is leading, a chance. It was also on the excuse that the matter was sub-judice that the senate did not debate it, when the issue arose in the red chamber.
There is also a suit restraining the PDP and the INEC from nominating and accepting a nomination for Tambuwal’s seat. It is to be seen how the stalemated political bickering between the presidency and the speaker, on one side, and pro-and anti-Tambuwal lawmakers, would settle the matter.

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