APC Senators hold first full caucus meeting chaired by Saraki

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The Nigerian National Assembly resumed from its annual recess yesterday.

Both the People’s Democratic Party and All Progressive Congress later dissolved into groups and held caucus meetings.

APC held their meeting in the private residence of Senate President Bukola Saraki.

This was the first time the APC senators will hold a full caucus meeting comprising members of both the Senate Unity Forum and Senators of Like Mind.

The APC senators decided set aside their differences and unite over issues affecting the nation.

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For the first time, APC senators were said to have freely discussed issues and thereafter exchanged jokes and back-slapping.

A source said: “The senators praised the efforts of the Senate president in promoting unity among members.

“They agreed that they should persuade their colleagues to always endeavor to be prompt at plenary.

“This allow for sittings to commence early.

“They also agreed that the Senate should engage with the executive on the implementation of constituency projects as a way of spreading federal presence to the nooks and crannies of the country.

“Other issues discussed at the meeting include image and public perception of the National Assembly, need to hold the caucus meeting regularly and the need to be methodical in the work of the Senate.

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“The Senators also resolved to fast-track the passage of bills, motions, public hearings, oversight, committee work and other legislative activities so as to ensure the Senate achieve more before its tenure will expire.

“The meeting may have created a new chapter in the relationship between APC senators.

“The ruling party has a majority of 60 senators in the 109-member chamber.”

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) senators were also holding their own caucus meeting at another venue.

The PDP meeting was chaired by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.