Today in Nigerian History; 9th June

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On this day in 2015, the Eighth National Assembly (NASS) was inaugurated.

The Assembly was inaugurated on June 9, 2015 at around 10.am following the reading of the proclamation letter of Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria, who ordered the inauguration of the Assembly. The letter was read by Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa, the Clerk of the National Assembly.

The 8th NASS took off on a stormy note following the intrigues and shenanigans that trailed the election of Bukola Saraki as Senate President and Yakubu Dogara. Both leaders emerged in spite of the stated preferences of the majority All Progressives Congress (APC) which nominated Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbagajiamila for the two top legislative offices respectively.

The maneuvers which led to the emergence of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party’s Ike Ekweremadu as Deputy Senate President also torpedoed the chances of APC’s candidates for other critical NASS posts.

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