Fred Itua, Abuja
Following a shift of the presidential and National Assembly elections to Saturday, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), resumption of the two chambers of the National Assembly, has been deferred.
Lawmakers are now expected to resume on February 26.
Lawmakers were initially expected to resume tomorrow, having adjourned for the election on January 24, to enable members campaign in their constituencies.
The planned emergency plenary summoned by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on January 29, following the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, was aborted at the last minute.
Announcing the postponement in a statement, yesterday, Clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, said senators and members of the House of Representatives are now expected to resume at 10:00am on February 26.
There were, however, concerns that postponement of the resumption date may affect consideration of pending bills currently before the Senate.
The New National Minimum Wage Bill, which was passed by the House of Representatives, is waiting for concurrence of the Senate.
The bill has passed Second Reading in the chamber but, a public hearing by an Ad-hoc committee is still pending.