The northeast zonal organising secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) youth caucus, Aminu Makko, has endorsed Senator Danjuma Goje for the Senate presidency in the ninth National Assembly, saying the latter is the best man for the job.
In a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, May 29, Makko said that Senator Goje was more qualified than all the people that were contesting the position.
According to Makko, Goje’s Senate presidency would ensure a robust legislature in the 9th National Assembly, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng notes that Makko said: “The 8th Senate under the leadership of Senator Bukola Saraki is gradually winding up after very eventful four-year period. Recently, President Muhammadu Buhari hosted the leadership of the National Assembly to a dinner where it was agreed that democracy can only thrive where there is a vibrant National Assembly.
“Simply put, the legislature must be allowed to function without undue interference. Since this notion of a vibrant Senate has been established, then the next step is putting the round peg in the round hole.
"Whoever is going to be elected as the next President of the Senate should have such antecedents that eminently qualify him for the job."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the N13.5 million monthly salary being paid to each of the 109 senators in the country was defended by Senator Ahmed Lawan, who said the major component of the amount was for oversight assignment allowances.
Lawan, who is contesting for Senate presidency of the ninth National Assembly, said there would be no reduction of the amount if he becomes the next Senate president.
According to the lawmaker representing Yobe North, there is nothing like jumbo pay for senators since each of them goes home with about N1 million monthly and allowances for oversight functions.
Lawan said: “I won’t deny it; I am a Buhari man and supporter. But that does not mean that I would be a rubber stamp to him or his policies if I become the Senate President.
"My support for him should not be misconstrued to mean that I would be a rubber stamp to him or his policies."
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