- A recent report alleging that Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, is nursing a presidential ambition has been dismissed
- The said report was faulted by Lawan’s spokesperson, Ola Awoniyi in a statement
- Awoniyi said the Senate president is focused on delivering on good governance
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A recent report alleging that Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, is nursing a presidential ambition has been dismissed by his spokesperson, Ola Awoniyi.
Awoniyi in a statement on Saturday, July 18, said the report claiming Ahmad Lawan is intending to contest for the presidency should be regarded as beer parlour gossips, The Nation reported.
He explained that though Lawan was involved in the consultations that President Muhammadu Buhari held prior to the last emergency meeting of the national executive committee of the All Progressives Congress(APC), the meeting had nothing to do with any presidential ambition.
“But there was nothing extra-ordinary in his involvement in such consultations, given his status as holder of one of the highest political offices in Nigeria and on the platform of the APC. Such is required of any concerned member of the party," Awoniyi stated.
He said Lawan is focused on delivering on good governance and does not want to be distracted by unnecessary matters.
Meanwhile, the National Assembly has expressed concerns over recent conducts of some government officials in the executive arm.
The Nation reported that the Senate president, Senator Ahmad Lawan, expressed the reservation while speaking to State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Thursday, July 16.
Legit.ng gathered that Senator Lawan, who was in the company of the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, noted that the current National Assembly has had a cordial relationship with the executive arm, citing the atmosphere provided by the president as reason.
In another report, President Muhammadu Buhari has told ministers and all heads of departments and agencies that he will not tolerate them disrespecting the National Assembly.
The Nigerian president made the statement on Thursday evening, July 16, shortly after he emerged from a meeting with Senate president, Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan and the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila at the statehouse, Aso Villa.
In a statement issued through his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, the president told the ministers and heads of agencies to at all times conduct themselves in ways that will not undermine the National Assembly as an institution or its members.
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