By Alex Agbo in Abuja
The Nigerian Police have mounted a tight security around the premises of the National Assembly in Abuja.
Our Correspondent reports that every strategic part in and around the assembly within the Three Arm Zone in Abuja has been taken over by policemen.
The security cordon, it was learnt, is also to forestall any breakdown of peace and security during the inauguration of the 8th Assembly and as the lawmakers elect their principal officers.
It is also to provide security for President Muhammadu Buhari who is expected to inaugurate the 8th Assembly today in Abuja.
President Buhari will proceed to the assembly on his return from the G7 meeting in Germany.
The election of the principal officers of both the Senate and House of Representatives may witness drama as some of the lawmakers are ready to upturn the choices of the All Progressives Congress, which is a majority party in the two houses.
Poised to do battle for the Senate President are Senators Ahmed Lawan from Yobe and Bukola Saraki from Kwara, but the APC Senators at a primary election arranged by the party’s leadership had picked Lawan as its sole candidate.
Saraki has vowed to contest on the floor of the Senate.
Also in the House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila from Lagos has been endorsed by the party’s lawmakers ahead of his main rival, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, from Bauchi State who has kicked against the development and says he will contest on the floor of the House today.
The inauguration and the election of the officers will get underway any moment from now.