Lack of quorum forces Senate to adjourn plenary

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The Senate on Tuesday had to adjourn for a week because a quorum could not formed.

Punch reports that the chamber needs at least 38 senators to carry out legislative activities at plenary but it was observed that 20 members were seated at the commencement of the day’s session.

Senator Phillip Aduda, the Senate chief whip, moved the motion for the adjournment by citing order 10 (3) of the Senate rules.

He also explained that most of the members were not at plenary because they went on oversight functions.

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, seconded the motion for the adjournment, stressing that the order cited by Aduda, barred the Senate from carrying out any legislative duties if members are not up to 38.

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki put the motion to a vote and members overwhelmingly voted in favour.

Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, thereafter moved for the adjournment till Tuesday, November 20.


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