By Muyiwa Bamidele
The Nigerian Senate says the inability of the President of the Senate, David Mark, to read the letter of defection by 11 senators elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party was as a result of the constitutional issue.
The spokesman of the Senate, Senator Eyinnnaya Abaribe, told newsmen after a closed doors session, which lasted for about two hours, that Mark would require legal opinion on the issue.
The 11 PDP senators are seeking to defect to the All Progressives Congress.
Abaribe said: “In the closed doors session, matters affecting the well being of Nigeria were discussed.
“Also, interest of the country was put first and the meeting was fruitful.
“I can confirm to you that the issue of defection was also discussed during the closed doors session and it was resolved that the Senate president in particular would have to seek further legal advice because of serious legal issues thrown up during the discussion based on interpretation of the Constitution and the Senate Standing Rule.
“Under the Senate Standing Rule Number 25, only the Senate president has the power and authority to interpret anything and he has decided to seek further legal advice.
Meanwhile Senator Kabiru Gaya from Kaduna south criticized the leadership of the Senate for using alleged delay tactics to the defection of the 11 PDP senators to APC.
Gaya recalled that when senators from other political parties decamped to the ruling PDP in the past no controversy was raise.