Melaye, PDP senators kick as APC backs Lawan for 9th NASS Senate president

Melaye, PDP senators kick as APC backs Lawan for 9th NASS Senate president

- The senators elected on the platform of the PDP have issued a fresh warning to APC

- In a statement signed by Senators Dino Melaye and Biodun Olujimi, the party said it will not allow ''outsiders'' impose leaders on them

- The PDP senators also admonished APC to start working on how the inauguration of the senators-elect would be done without acrimony

The senators elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have kicked against plans by the leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) to impose Senate majority leader, Ahmed Lawan, as the 9th National Assembly Senate president.

In a statement released on Tuesday, March 26, the PDP senators also warned APC to leave Bukola Saraki out of its plan to produce the Senate president, Daily Independent reports.

Legit.ng gathers that the statement was signed by Senator Dino Melaye and minority leader, Biodun Olujimi.

The statement read: “Let it be known that no matter the mischief being sponsored by these spineless people, Saraki knows that it is the duty of all senators in the ninth Senate to elect their Senate president and other leaders.

“Nobody from outside the Senate has such powers. It is also the right of every senator to aspire to that position as stated by the constitution.

“He has benefitted from this practice of senators within the chambers exercising the right. He is conscious of this fact and will not be a party to any plan to seize or interfere with the process of evolving the leadership of the ninth Senate.

“We, therefore, urge the APC gladiators and their handlers to leave Saraki out of their schemes and manipulations."

The PDP senators, however, admonished the APC to start working on how the inauguration of the senators-elect would be done under a conducive atmosphere without acrimony.

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It further read: “They should go and concentrate on how to convince the Senators-elect and ensuring that the election of the next Senate President takes place in a conducive atmosphere with a view to strengthening the institution and making it perform its constitutional roles, without any hindrance.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Ahmed Lawan of the APC had been recommended by the ruling party for the position of Senate president in the ninth National Assembly that would be inaugurated in June.

The party made the recommendation during a meeting at the presidential villa on Monday night, March 25, which had President Muhammadu Buhari, the national chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, and others in attendance.

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