– House of Reps spokesperson says they
were not the reason for the cancellation
– New date to be scheduled and
President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly
canceled a Ramadan dinner with leaders of the
National Assembly, Daily Trust reports.
The meeting which was supposed to hold on
Wednesday night, was said to have been
canceled by the presidency due to clash of
Making this claim was the senior special
assistant to the president on media and
publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, who stated:
"This arose from the clash of schedules. You
know the President spent the first fourteen
days of the fast out of the country."
He added that the meeting was packaged as
soon as the president arrived so that every
interest could be accommodated, but it turned
out that prior commitments of some invitees
made the change of date inevitable, adding: "We
are expecting that a new date will be
Abdulrazak Namdas, the House of
Representatives spokesperson, told Daily Trust
that the dinner was organised only for the
presiding officers and the other principal
officers of the National Assembly, and that they
were not the reasons for the cancellation.
"Nobody should say we refused to honour the
president's invitation. They were the ones that
brought the idea of the dinner, and they were
the ones that postponed it," he said.
Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, the Senate's spokesperson
could not be reached for a stand of the upper
chamber on the sudden cancellation.
The lawmakers announced their decision at a
press briefing at the National Assembly on
Wednesday, June 22.
The PDP senators listed the alleged continuous
victimization of its members by anti-graft
agency, proposed trial of Senate president,
Bukola Saraki and his deputy. Ike Ekweremadu
for alleged forgery of senate standing rule as
part of the reasons for their grievance against
the APC-led government.