OrderPaperToday – The National Assembly on Wednesday resumed from its yuletide break begun since the 20th of December 2018 but adjourned plenary in both chambers shortly thereafter.
The adjournment was in line with legislative tradition for members to pay respect to fallen colleagues. Recall that a member of the House of Representatives representing Ibeju Lekki Federal constituency of Lagos, Abayomi Adeola, died during the break.
Adeola was a two term member and the leader of the Lagos state caucus in the green chamber.
He reportedly gave up the ghost on the 30th of December at St. Nicholas Hospital in Lagos state after a brief illness.
The untimely death stopped his reelection ambition after securing ticket from his party to contest in the forthcoming election.
Meanwhile, after announcements were read, the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Francis Alimikhena, moved that the chamber suspend plenary.
The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, accordingly approved the motion and proceedings were adjourned till the following day.
A similar process happened in the House of Representatives where Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, announced that Thursday would be a day of tribute for the late member and consequently hit the gavel to bring the day’s plenary to a close.