Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Ministerial list - Buhari, Saraki, Dogara meet over CCT trial.

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Wednesday night meet with the leadership of the Senate and the House of Representatives at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara will be in attendance.

Others expected to attend are Chief of Staff to the President, Alhaji Abba Kyari, Senator Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Legislative Matters (Senate), among others.

The duo had on September 30 submitted the ministerial list to Saraki.

It is unclear if the ongoing prosecution of Saraki for alleged false asset declaration will be discussed.

The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) had arraigned him before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for alleged false asset declaration.

Dogara met Buhari Monday night over the matter following a resolution by the House.

The House had in a resolution passed on Wednesday, last week asked Dogara to intervene in the Senate President’s case by meeting with Buhari and Saraki with a view to finding a political solution to the matter.

The House had argued that a political solution could save the country the heat generated in the polity by Saraki’s trial at the CCT.

It said that a matter affecting the National Assembly could indirectly be a threat to democracy.

Part of the resolution reads, “The House mandates the leadership of the House to meet with the President with a view to politically resolving all outstanding issues relating to National Assembly in the interest of Nigerians.

“Mandates the speaker to intervene in the present issues and challenges being faced by the Chairman of the National Assembly (Saraki) with a view to finding a political solution and protecting the institution of the National Assembly as a whole for the interest of our democracy.”

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