- The presidency has revealed President Muhammadu Buhari's position on the election of the leadership of the 9th Senate of Nigeria
- The presidency said that President Buhari will remain neutral and unbiased toward the decision of lawmakers as they elect those to wield power in the upper chamber
- It also said that the president believes in the rule of law and will make sure the principle of the separation of power prevails
Senator Ita Enang, the senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly matters, has said that his principal will be unbiased in the election of the presiding officers of the 9th Senate.
Speaking to newsmen on Friday, March 15, Enang said that President Buhari, who believes in the rule of law, will do his utmost to see that the principle of separation of powers has sway, Vanguard reports.
The presidential aide said that Buhari will maintain a neutral position in the election of the next Senate boss by senators.
He said: “President Muhammadu Buhari is a man of high principles. His stand on this matter is that each arm of government should function according to what the constitution says, and that every person in government should do the right thing, and that he will not go beyond what the constitution allows him and that every other arm of government should stick to their constitutional responsibilities."
Concerning claims that there are special and favoured senators in the Senate, Enang said: “There is no elected lawmaker that is a greenhorn. They are equal before the law. They were elected to represent their constituencies on the basis of equality of all Nigerians.
“Therefore, they are entitled to all privileges and wisdom. Some of them are coming with extra wisdom and knowledge from their different backgrounds. So, we expect a robust legislature. We give them all the respect, we value them, we welcome them and treasure them.
"The executive respects them across party lines. For the executive, every senator or member of the House of Representatives, irrespective of their political party, is a legislator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and they are treated equally whether you are doing your first, second or fifth term because you have one seat and one vote.
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"We want to relate with all of them equally. So, there is no greenhorn. They are simply distinguished senators and honourable members.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) might have chosen Senator Ahmad Lawan (Yobe state) as the next Senate president.
Legit.ng gathered that the presidency was not likely to be averse to his choice, considering how he was the party’s preferred choice as Senate president in June 2015.
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