Se­nate sab­o­tag­ing Buhari’s govt, says Adamu

The Punch - - NEWS - Leke Baiyewu, Abuja

THE se­na­tor rep­re­sent­ing Nasarawa West Se­na­to­rial District, Ab­dul­lahi Adamu, has ac­cused the Se­nate of tak­ing de­ci­sions that are frus­trat­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari.

Adamu’s po­si­tion was con­tained in a state­ment on Tues­day.

He is one of the 10 law­mak­ers who stormed out of the Se­nate cham­ber when the Se­nate passed the Elec­toral Act Amend­ment Bill seek­ing to reshuf­fle elec­tions, which those loyal to Buhari have op­posed.

He said, “I be­lieve we need to re­trace our steps and re­con­sider our stand as leg­is­la­tors on mat­ters of pub­lic in­ter­est. Our party, the APC, has the ma­jor­ity in both cham­bers of the Na­tional Assem­bly, yet we hold the ex­ec­u­tive pris­oner of pol­i­tics that are un­healthy for the polity. It is such a ter­ri­ble irony that we sab­o­tage our own gov­ern­ment by refusing to do our part in sup­port of the ex­ec­u­tive.

“Ap­point­ments re­quir­ing Se­nate ap­proval are held up. The con­se­quence is that the pub­lic has nick­named the Pres­i­dent and his ad­min­is­tra­tion ‘go-slow.’ The peo­ple gave us the man­date as a party to de­liver. With our con­trol of the ex­ec­u­tive and the Na­tional Assem­bly, there is no rea­son why the gov­ern­ment can­not ac­quit it­self and ful­fil the yearn­ings of the peo­ple.

“Per­haps, while we are con­sumed with sab­o­tag­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion and stab­bing one an­other in the back, we for­get that in less than a year from now, we shall be re­quired to seek the peo­ple’s re-val­i­da­tion of our man­date to sit in these hal­lowed cham­bers. What shall we tell them?”

The law­maker stated that part of his “crime” was his stand on the amend­ment to the Elec­toral Act.

“Me and some of my col­leagues were op­posed to this amend­ment on the grounds that it is not the duty of the Se­nate to de­ter­mine the or­der of elec­tions. It had never been part of the Elec­toral Act and there is no need to deny the com­mis­sion the right to do its duty as it deems fit. Hap­pily, I am not alone in tak­ing this stand. Some of my col­leagues are op­posed to it too,” he said.

When con­tacted, Chair­man of the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Me­dia and Pub­lic Af­fairs, Se­na­tor Aliyu Sabi-ab­dul­lahi, said Adamu was en­ti­tled to his opin­ion.

Sabi-ab­dul­lahi said, “He is a se­na­tor, I am a se­na­tor. He is en­ti­tled to his opin­ion, I am en­ti­tled to mine. Any­thing that we did not dis­cuss in the cham­ber is not sub­ject to my re­ac­tion. I am not here to re­act to what­ever he has to say.”

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