The Nigerian newspaper review for Wednesday, March 27, leads with the endorsement of Senator Ahmed Lawan for the position of Senate president by President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC leadership among other top stories.
Nigerian newspaper The Punch reports that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its senators on Tuesday berated President Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, over their position on the leadership of the ninth National Assembly.
The PDP senators, in a statement in Abuja by the minority leader, Biodun Olujimi, and Senator Dino Melaye, asked their APC colleagues to leave the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, out of their schemes to produce the ninth Senate president.
Nigerian newspaper The Nation reports that President Buhari, the APC leadership and most APC governors have endorsed the Senate leader after consultations.
The leaders were said to have considered Lawan’s “qualifications, prudence, accountability, loyalty and rich legislative experience” which will assist the APC government to have a robust executive-legislative relationship to fast-track development.
The Guardian reports that bickering within the ruling APC over who becomes president of the ninth Senate came to the fore with former Senate majority leader, Muhammed Ali Ndume, criticising the endorsement of Senate leader Ahmed Lawan by President Buhari and the party’s leadership.
Ndume described the validation as unconstitutional and undemocratic, saying the decision was taken without consultation with APC senators-elect.
On its part, Vanguard reports that the Senate scored Ministry of Finance F9, which is West African Examinations Council (WAEC) standard, in budget releases to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in 2018.
Senate in the assessment gave the ministry 31.9 per cent for the releases from N30.4 billion approved in the budget.
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