Senators Caution Buhari, APC Against Meddling In Emergence Of Leadership
Some of the senators-elect, who received
certificates of return from the Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, in Abuja,
have cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari and the
All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders not to meddle
in the emergence of the Senate president and other
leaders of the 9th Senate.
This is coming barely two and a half months to the
inauguration of the 9th Senate.
The newly elected senators further cautioned the APC
and the presidency to manage the issue of the election
of the presiding officers of the Senate in such a manner
as to ensure peace in the upper chamber as well as
harmonious relationship between the lawmakers and the
Speaking with newsmen at the event, the elected
lawmakers, though didn’t rule out the presidency and
leadership of the party playing some roles in the
emergence of the next Senate leadership, added that
they must be careful not to re-introduce fresh crisis.
The newly elected Senator Adedayo Adeyeye (APC, Ekiti
South) advised that for the 9th Senate to avoid the
leadership crisis that engulfed the 8th Senate, the
national leadership of the party must provide the
required direction to that effect.
Also speaking, the senator-elect, Bamidele Opeyemi
(APC Ekiti Central), suggested that whatever process
would be used by the presidency and party leadership
must be well managed to avoid any backlash.
He said: “The calibre and character of personalities
elected for the 9th Senate are very solid and promising
for the country, but leadership is key, the very reason
why the leadership of the ruling party must manage
well, whatever process it is going to use for emergence
of leadership at both chambers this time around.
“Once this is done, the party and, in particular, the
National Assembly and the presidency will be on the
same page on development-driven bills sponsorship,
policy formulations, and approvals.”
The spokesman of the Senate, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi
(APC, Niger North), told journalists that the lesson learnt
in the 8th Senate would be used to prevent the mistakes
of the past from happening.
He said: “I was a key player in the leadership
configuration of the 8th Senate and the attendant crises
that followed. As one of the 43 returnees now, the
lessons learnt will be used to prevent the mistakes of
the past from happening.”
A twist was, however, added to the leadership race on
Thursday as Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano South),
openly declared for the position of deputy president of
Recall that it was reported that Ahmed Lawan (APC,
Yobe, North East); Ali Ndume (APC, Borno, North East);
Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa, North Central) and
Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe, North East) are interested
in the position of Senate president.
With Gaya, a senator from North West declaring for
deputy and others from North East and Central eyeing
the Senate president, the Southern region will have
nothing in the Senate if this projection materialises.
Gaya, who declared his intention on Thursday at the
International Conference Centre (ICC), after collecting
his certificate of return as senator-elect from Kano
South into the 9th Senate, told journalists that his
aspiration is driven by mass appeal for it from his
colleagues and his burning desire to serve in the
leadership of the next Senate, having returned for the
He said: “I thank the Almighty Allah who granted me the
grace of being elected into the Senate for the fourth
“As regards the leadership composition of the 9th
Senate, majority of my colleagues are mounting
pressure on me to run for the position of deputy senate
president, which I want to use this opportunity to
announce that I’m running for the position, being one
the most ranking senators in the 9th Senate.”
He, however, added that his ambition for the position
would be determined by permission to that effect by the
presidency and the party just as he stated that had
Senator Bukola Saraki remained in APC and won, he
would have still retained his position as Senate
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