Sen­a­tors are not rub­ber stamp - Sen Umaru

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Ahmed Tahir Ajobe, Minna

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.

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