- Some senators-elect want President Buhari and the APC to be careful how they meddle in who emerges the heads of the National Assembly
- The senators-elect say the president and the APC must work to avoid a backlash like it happened in the eighth National Assembly
- Bamidele Opeyemi says the situation must be managed because of the calibre of those coming in as senators
After receiving their certificates of return, some of the senators-elect have tasked President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to avoid meddling over the emergence of the National Assembly leadership.
The senators-elect spoke in Abuja on Thursday, March 15. The new leadership will take over from Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara as well as other principal officers.
According to the senators-elect, the president and the APC should manage the emergence of the leadership so as not to provoke a backlash even though they did not rule out such interventions.
Daily Independent quotes Adedayo Adeyeye, the senator-elect for Ekiti south on the platform of the APC, as advising that for the ninth Senate to avoid a repeat of the crisis that engulfed the eighth session, the national leadership of the APC must provide the required direction to that effect.
On his part, the senator-elect, Bamidele Opeyemi, for Ekiti Central on the platform of the APC, said the party and presidency must manage the situation effectively.
“The calibre and character of personalities elected for the ninth Senate are very solid and promising for the country, but leadership is key, the very reason why the leadership of the ruling party must manage well, whatever process it is going to use for emergence of leadership at both chambers this time around.
“Once this is done, the party and, in particular, the National Assembly and the presidency will be on the same page on development-driven bills sponsorship, policy formulations, and approvals,” he said.
Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, the senate representative for Niger North on the platform of the APC, said there were lessons to learn from the eighth Senate headed by Saraki.
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“I was a key player in the leadership configuration of the 8th Senate and the attendant crises that followed.
“As one of the 43 returnees now, the lessons learnt will be used to prevent the mistakes of the past from happening,” he said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that a member of the upper legislative chamber, Ovie Omo-Agege, said on Wednesday, March 6, that President Muhammadu Buhari will be a major determinant in who becomes the next head of the Senate and chairman of the National Assembly,
Omo-Agege who represents Delta Central senatorial district, said this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Warri, Delta state.
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