The senate has dissociated itself from the House of Representatives’ invitation to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The House of Representative had offered an invitation to the President to address it on the increase in the spate of insecurity in the country. The President had accepted the invitation but later cancelled.
According to the Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege, it is unconstitutional and an aberration for any arm of the National Assembly to summon President Muhammadu Buhari to appear before it.
The Chairman of Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Ajibola Basiru (Osun Central) yesterday told newsmen that the senate did not summon the President adding that they don’t want to get themselves involved in any controversy as to whether the president will appear or not.
“I’m a spokesperson of the Senate. There was no resolution of the Senate that the President should come and address it on the issue of national security. I expect that every enquiry as to the summoning and coming of the President should be directed to the House of Representatives, Basiru said
“We operate a bi-camera legislature. That’s why our rules and procedures are different and that is why also we need concurrence from the two Houses on passing of legislation. On this matter, there has not been an issue of a joint resolution. What you have is resolution of the House of Representatives.
“And I believe, the House of Representatives should be able to tell you why the resolution was passed, and what will happen to that resolution. As far as the Senate is concerned, we have not summoned the President and we don’t want to get ourselves involved in any controversy as to whether the president will appear or not.
“To the best of my knowledge I’m not aware of any planned joint session of the National Assembly tomorrow (today).