Barely 55 days to the election of the following Senate President, the cloud of uncertainty over President Muhammadu Buhari’s alternative stays dense.
While the president has saved silent on his most well-liked candidate, the highest contenders, Ahmed Lawan and Mohammed Ali Ndume, claimed they each have his coveted backing to occupy the nation’s quantity three place.
Lawan’s marketing campaign group argues that the place of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is mechanically that of the president. But Ndume’s supporters disagree, saying Buhari gave his blessing to their candidate earlier than and after the February 23 presidential and National Assembly elections.
But Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima yesterday brazenly adopted Lawan, urging APC members to show loyalty and do the identical.He instructed reporters in Abuja: “I hail from the identical state with the distinguished Senator Ali Ndume and I admire the truth that politics is native, however politics can also be nationwide.
“I fully align the aspiration of my party with the aspiration of President Muhammadu Buhari. By the grace of God, we are going to mobilise all our goodwill to see that we are fully on board. We are for Senator Ahmed Lawan. We are for Femi Gbajabiamila and all other senators and other House of Representatives members endorsed by the party.” He added: “We are for party discipline that allows everyone to aspire to political offices. We believe that we must respect the party. All of us won on platforms. There is no provision for independent candidates. I don’t know whether anyone has won on an independent platform.”
This was as a bunch of elders from the state expressed concern that some forces have been plotting to hijack the management of the ninth National Assembly for egocentric positive factors. They additionally warned that this might be counterproductive to insurance policies of the Buhari presidency.The elders on the platform of Concerned Borno Citizens made the disclosure in a press release by their spokesman, Alhaji Yakubu Umar.They stated they determined to publicly mobilise assist for Ndume after he confided in them that he mentioned with and obtained the assist of the president.
The group cautioned Buhari towards alleged plots to sabotage his second time period administration ought to the flawed particular person be elected as Senate President.It urged Buhari to personally scrutinise Ndume and Lawal to find out who’s extra loyal, skilled and certified. Nduma is the higher, having served as Minority Leader within the House of Representatives and later as Senate Majority Leader, the group stated.
It claimed Ndume was eliminated as Senate Leader as a result of he was perceived as too near the presidency, and was suspended from plenary for defending Buhari’s coverage. It stated Saraki changed Ndume with Lawan, thought-about a prepared companion, and underneath whom the presidency allegedly started to undergo sabotage.
“It is the responsibility of the Senate Leader to liaise between the Senate and the president. Perhaps this was not taken seriously under Lawan. The Senate Leader is the one who markets executive bills to the Senate and carries out any improvement such bills require to be accepted by the Senate. This is the function Lawan failed to achieve.”
The group, which claimed it has the assist of former governors, former ministers and leaders of the APC in Borno State, recalled that the state gave the APC over 90 per cent of votes within the latest elections. Meanwhile, a coalition, More Women, has submitted a letter to APC Chairman Adams Oshiomhole urging party leaders to assist Mrs. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha and Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu, who’re vying for the positions of Speaker and Deputy Senate President.
According to the group, “taking this step will not only position APC as a gender-friendly party, it will also place Nigeria in the comity of nations committed to gender equality and women’s participation in power and decision making. It will set a precedent for other governments across Africa and increase the gender rating of Nigeria.”The coalition, consisting of over 150 organisations, made this recognized in a joint assertion endorsed by the chief director, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) and chairperson, Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi; government director, Women Aid Collectives (WACOL), Prof. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, and others.
It stated: “Onyejeocha is no doubt a ranking member and has recorded landmark achievements, and worked tirelessly to advance and institutionalise societal development. As a federal lawmaker, her attendance and participation at parliamentary sittings are phenomenal. She has successfully put together and assisted in the passage of several bills into laws of the federation.”
On why Tinubu ought to clinch the place, the coalition stated: “She could be very related to her constituency and holds frequent city corridor conferences with the folks, a report which distinguishes her from the pool of individuals within the National Assembly. She is a daily, vocal and distinguished member of the hallowed chamber who hardly misses any sitting and at completely different instances expressed assist for the favored views of the folks within the Senate.
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