- There continues to be mounting opposition against the aspiration of Senator Ahmad Lawan to lead the 9th Senate
- The opposition PDP are said to have plans to poach 13 APC senator to their side ahead of the 9th Senate elections
- APC sources claimed that the PDP are working for an APC senator from Gombe
A report by The Nation quoting unnamed All Progressives Congress (APC) sources, indicates that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) plans to poach 13 APC returning and new senators to forestall the emergence of Senator Ahmad Lawan as the 9th Senate president.
A source quoted in the report said said two senators approached to be arrow heads of the plans alerted the party hierarchy and Lawan’s campaign team.
The two senators, one a returning and the other just elected, said a source, were expected to lead PDP to their colleagues from Adamawa, Taraba, Ekiti, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano and Kebbi states.
The sources further claimed that the PDP are working for an APC senator from Gombe.
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An unnamed ranking senator quoted in the report said: “At the moment, Lawan is the candidate to beat, using well known international parliamentary best practices and parameters.
“All odds are in his favour in terms of experience in the administration of the legislature. He has been in the National Assembly in the last 20 solid years. His achievements at the committee level are unassailable. Remember the engine room of legislation is the committee stage. Don’t forget he has a PhD.”
A senator-elect, who claimed to have turned down the PDP offer, said: “In all parliaments, be it in the presidential system or parliamentary system the world over, leadership or presiding officers emerge based on their experiences as leaders of the caucuses.
“Thus, when a party gains a majority after a general election into parliament, the leader of the caucus of such a party in the legislature transforms to be the President or Speaker of such parliament in a seamless process. It is an established practice and all stakeholders should make sure we act in conformity with the international standard in this respect.
“They also discussed with us the revival of the ‘Like Minds Group’ of 2015 and their various social media campaign of calumny, most especially their deliberate attempt to link a National Leader of APC, Senator Bola Tinubu, to the emergence of Senator Ahmad.”
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Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the 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 PDP.
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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