UPDATED: Senate cancels emergency plenary session

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Nigerian Senate

The Senate on Monday called off its planned resumption of plenary for Tuesday.

The leadership of the Senate at the weekend summoned emergency session of the upper chamber to consider the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria(CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen.

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Immediately the emergency plenary session was announced, tension began to build as All Progressives Congress (APC) senators and their Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterparts started mobilising members for what was described as a “make- or- mar session.”

The Senate leadership also held a series of meetings said to have been necessitated by the need to weigh options.

Late Monday, feelers filtered that the leadership of the Senate was considering calling off the emergency session.

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It was alleged that some senators concluded arrangements to perpetrate mayhem in the chamber during the session.

The cancellation of the planned session may not be unconnected with the fear that “things might get out of hand” a senator told our reporter.

There was also rumour flying around that some senators planned to move impeachment notice against the Senate leadership at the emergency session.

The Clerk to the Senate, Nelson Ayewor in a statement entitled “Cancellation of Senate resumption in plenary” informed “all Distinguished senators of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that the resumption in plenary scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday 29th January, 2019 has been cancelled.”

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The statement said that the scheduled date of resumption in plenary earlier fixed for Tuesday, 19th February, 2019 remains.

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