More than 90 days after the Lagos State House of Assembly adjourned plenary session to enable members to go on their annual recess, the Assembly has once again postponed its resumption to Monday, October 15, 2018.
Recall that the Assembly had on July 10, 018, adjourned to sitting to September 17, 2018, to allow for the annual recess before it later rescheduled it for yesterday, October 8, 2018.
During the recess period, the House hosted the Conference of South-West Speakers and Conference of Speakers of Nigeria between August 3 and August 5, 2018, in Ikeja, Lagos Mainland.
In addition, the lawmakers in the Lagos Assembly participated in their political party’s primary elections in preparations for the 2019 general elections.
However, the Assembly members are yet to resume owing to various reasons alleged to be in connection with the recent developments during the primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
One of the lawmakers who spoke to NAN said; “We are not sitting today, we have been informed it has been postponed to Oct. 15. We can’t meet when we are still perfecting the primary elections.
“How can we meet when the issues of primaries are not over? There won’t be concentration on the legislative duties.”
Furthermore, a source in the Assembly told InsideMainland that a large percentage of the lawmakers seldom come to their offices even prior to the primaries.
“Only a few of them come around their offices since the timetable for the primary elections were released. They were more bothered about ensuring their candidacy for the next elections was sorted which means they had more meetings out the House than in it.
“You will understand this because some of them are contesting for their second, third or fourth term tickets. This means more pressure and there are other candidates in the same party that aspires to occupy their current position,” the source stated.
It is however unsure if the Assembly will resume sitting next Monday as various issues surrounding the primary elections remain unsolved.