- Reactions continue to trail the adoption of Senator Ahmad Lawan as Senate president by the APC
- The Yobe state senator and current majority leader in the Senate, is also said to have the backing of the presidency
- Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe of the PDP, has cautioned against imposition in the red chamber
President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), have been cautioned against subjecting the control of the National Assembly to certain individuals.
This was the position of the senator representing Abia South senatorial district, Enyinnaya Abaribe, who is also a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The national chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, at a dinner for senators-elect in Abuja on Monday, March 25, announced Majority Leader, Ahmad Lawan as the preferred candidate of the party for the Senate presidency.
Abaribe said the parliament will not sit back and allow anyone impose presiding officers, insisting that only elected senators, who are duly certified, would vote when the time comes.
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His words: “You don’t choose for us or determine for us who becomes what in the Senate. The reason why you have our type of democracy is so that one arm can be a check on another arm, otherwise, we might as well all go home and now let the Executive be everything, including making laws for us.
“So, our independence is hard-earned and lessons have been learnt, including what we went through in the last four years under this first term of the APC government.
“I do not think the APC government will also want to have the rancour that they went through in the last four years because if you, yourself, under such self-inflicted rancour, you are not going to get any work done. If you are unable to do that, what are you going to tell the Nigerian people?
“I don’t think Buhari’s legacy should be that he fought the National Assembly for eight years. History will not be kind.
“No matter what they say, the verdict of history is always very necessary for any man who claims to be a statesman and I don’t think that the APC should let their national chairman continue to be as small minded as he is.”
Meanwhile, the APC may face a major crisis in the election of the leadership of the 9th National Assembly.
This is as one of the aspirants for the office of the Senate President, Senator Ali Ndume, on Tuesday, March 26, faulted the adoption of Lawan, by the party leadership.
Ndume (APC, Borno South) told newsmen in Abuja that the disclosure by the APC national chairman, on Monday, March 25 endorsing Lawan as president of the 9th Senate was not only embarrassing but unconstitutional.
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