President Muhammadu Buhari has cancelled the plan to appear before the National Assembly on Thursday to address the security crisis across the federation.
TVCNews has received a statement from the Chief Whip of the House, Muhammed Monguno, that the President has changed his mind.
He said it was widely believed that Buhari had changed his mind because of allegations that he would be abused by lawmakers from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
PDP lawmakers held a closed-door meeting on Tuesday night, the outcome of the meeting is, however, not yet made public yet.
It was reported earlier that Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged President Buhari to snub the invitation of the National Assembly.
During the National Executive Council of the APC on Tuesday, governors prevailed on the president not to appear before the National Assembly.
According to Premium Times, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State moved the motion for the cancellation of the President’s planned address.
The governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) may have had their way against the wishes of the members of the National Assembly over the summon issued to President Muhammadu Buhari by the lawmakers on the degenerating security situation across the country.
At a Tuesday night meeting between the governors and the party’s caucus in the National Assembly l, those in attendance argued for hours on reasons for and against the appearance of the president before the house.
Apart from their fear that the state houses of assembly may want to take the opportunity to “harass” the governors by seeking frequent appearances, they also claimed that they had obtained an intelligence report that indicated that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members were planning to embarrass the president.
The governors took turns to explain the likely consequences of such development on the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and the ruling party.
Canvassing the governors’ position, Mr Masari said as a former lawmaker and speaker of the lower chamber, exposing the president to opposition’s attack could be damaging to the image of the party and the party members.
Meanwhile, the President of the Senate, Mr Lawan, who was apparently the only senator in attendance at the meeting, was reported to have supported the position of the governors.
In what some lawmakers described as a surprising position, Mr Lawan was said to have supported the idea of party supremacy, saying the conclusion of the NEC must be supported by all.
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