'Juicy committees' comment: Oshiomhole didn't speak mind of Senate - Senator Abdullahi

'Juicy committees' comment: Oshiomhole didn't speak mind of Senate - Senator Abdullahi

- Senator Sabi Abdullahi has said the Senate is the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and not that of the APC

- This was in reaction to a statement by APC national chairman that federal lawmakers elected under APC would get juicy committees when 9th National Assembly is inaugurated

- According to the senator, Oshiomhole did not speak the mind of the Senate as every senator has an equal right

The chairman, Senate committee on media and public affairs, Senator Sabi Abdullahi, has reacted to the statement credited to the national chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, on the composition of the committees in the 9th National Assembly.

Legit.ng regional reporter, Subair Mohammed, reports that Senator Abdullahi who made this known on The morning show on Arise TV cable station, noted that reserving juicy committees for members of the party is irrelevant.

Oshiomhole had said that only the APC senators would be given juicy committees after the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly.

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Senator Abdullahi who represents Niger North senatorial district at the Senate while reacting to Oshiomhole's comments, said the Senate is the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and not of the APC.

He said the APC's chairman was not speaking the minds of the Senate, adding that every senator has an equal right and similar right as guaranteed by the constitution of the federal republic of Nigerian.

He said: “I don’t know about any juicy committee. For me, committee is committee as we are all at the Senate to work for the progress of the country. If we are truly working for Nigeria, the idea of who gets what juicy committee would not arise. It is irrelevant because the overall desire will be to deliver on our electoral promises to Nigerians.

"The Senate is the Senate of federal Republic of Nigeria. It does not belong to the APC, therefore, whatever the APC chairman is reported to have said, he said it in his capacity as the chairman of the party. He is not speaking the mind of the Senate. The idea of somebody being in a juicy committee should be downplayed because we are all elected to work for Nigerians."

Speaking further on the choice of Senator Ahmad Lawan as the Senate president for the 9th Senate, Senator Abdullahi said APC made a mistake in the selection of leadership in the 8th Senate and it has learnt its lessons.

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According to him, Lawan who is currently the Senate leader has what it takes to be in that position. He said Lawan is the most experienced parliamentarian and the party believes he has something to offer.

On the alleged imposition of Senator Ahmad Lawan by the party and the presidency, Senator Abdullahi said: “I want to say that the whole of 109 senators are all equal. The idea of the Senate is to bring about equity.

"Every state has three senators with equal right I the Senate. And by our rule, when there are issues senators feel they don’t agree with the presiding officer, they have the right to challenge that.

''I don’t see a situation where any senator will be a rubber stamp. But rather than have crisis and attack each other which could slow down progress and good governance, the party has set a path to follow which I think is okay to achieve harmony and stability as a chamber.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe (Abia south) said that the APC's national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, was not representing the party positively.

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Abaribe said Oshiomhole has no right to choose or select executive members of the Senate, since he is not a part of the upper chamber.

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