Senators are not rubber stamp - Sen Umaru
The National Assembly is ready to assert its authority as an independent arm of government and defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator David Umaru has said.
He said the era when legislators served as appendages of the executive arm was over, adding: “We can’t be rubber stamp and willing tools to be used by anybody.”
The senator, representing Niger East Senatorial District of Niger State, was speaking against the backdrop of confidence vote on Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki by the senators, last week.
Speaking in Minna, yesterday, the senator said the change mantra was at work last week when the senators exerted their independence by unanimously identifying with their leader against outside influence.
He explained that the senators were empowered to elect their leaders from among themselves by the Constitution and Orders II and VI of the Standing Orders of the Senate.
“The recently concluded election of the National Assembly leaders was purely based on the wisdom and sentiments of the lawmakers to elect from among themselves who they want,” he said.