After about four failed attempts, the National Assembly leadership on Thursday, March 15, 2018, night met with President Muhammadu Buhari to iron out lingering differences between the Executive and Legislature.
The meeting had been postponed severally over the past two weeks with no reasons officially put forward by either parties for the cancellation of the parley at the last minute, particularly the presidency which had informally announced that the parley would hold at the Villa.
Among the burning issues expected to be thrashed at the parley which held at the First Lady’s Conference Hall of the Aso Rock Villa, are the growing opposition by the federal lawmakers to the President’s executive communication to them.
The President has recently refused to sign the Peace Corps Bill and amendments to the Electoral Act passed and submitted to him by the National Assembly.
The amendment reordered the sequence for the 2019 general elections, putting the presidential polls ahead that of he National Assembly, in a move interpreted by many to force the president to ensure near automatic re-election of the lawmakers.
Some members of the National Assembly had also been recently quite critical of the President’s actions and policies and have threatens to exercise their power of veto over his refusal to assent to some of these and other bills passed by them.
Besides, the presidency is perceived to be gradually losing grip of both chambers of the National Assembly, which have a majority of members of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), especially ahead of next year’s general election.