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Senate adjourns plenary after 5 minutes for lack of quorum

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The Nigerian Senate abruptly adjourned on Tuesday five minutes into plenary for its inability to form a quorum.

The day’s plenary, which started at 10:30am ended at 10:35am after the Majority Whip, Senator Olusola Adeyeye, moved a point of order drawing the attention of the leadership to the fact that they did not form a quorum.

With 109 members, the Senate is expected to have 37 members in attendance before it could form a quorum.

However, the few members that were present were already seated with Senate President, Bukola Saraki, presiding while the votes and proceedings of the previous sitting had been read and adopted before Adeyeye’s point of order.

At 10:33am, two minutes into the day’s legislative business, Senator Andrew Uchendu moved for the adoption of last Thursday’s votes and proceedings, with the Minority Whip, Senator Philip Aduda seconding.

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Adeyeye raised his point of order immediately afterwards, to which the Senate President, Bukola Saraki agreed and called for the adjournment of the day’s sitting.

Adeyeye, standing in for the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, therefore moved a motion for an adjournment. It was seconded by Emmanuel Bwacha, who stood in for the Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi.

Those in attendance at Tuesday’s plenary were Saraki, Uchendu, Aduda, Adeyeye, Gbenga Ashafa and Shaba Lafiagi.

Others were Emmanuel Bwacha, Francis Alimikhena, Suleiman Adokwe, and Gbolahon Dada.

The day’s order showed that some reports had been slated for deliberations. Three career ambassadors were also billed for confirmation, while a new bill on mental health and substance abuse, were slated for presentation.

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