Se­nate says vote of con­fi­dence not in­di­ca­tion of cri­sis

The Punch - - POLITICS TODAY - Sun­day Aborisade, Abuja

CHAIR­MAN, Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Me­dia and pub­lic Af­fairs, Godiya Ak­washiki, has said that the vote of con­fi­dence mo­tion on the lead­er­ship of the Se­nate is not an in­di­ca­tion that there was cri­sis in the red cham­ber.

The Se­nate had on Tues­day dropped a mo­tion seek­ing to pass a vote of con­fi­dence in the pres­i­dent of the Se­nate, Ah­mad Lawan, and the lead­er­ship of the 9th Na­tional As­sem­bly.

The red cham­ber gave no of­fi­cial rea­son for drop­ping the mo­tion.

Thirty-six se­na­tors were listed on the Se­nate Or­der pa­per as spon­sors of the mo­tion.

Most se­na­tors had left the cham­ber at about 1pm when the mo­tion was dropped.

With­out pro­vid­ing rea­sons, Se­nate Deputy Whip, Ab­dul­lahi Aliu, who acted as Se­nate Leader, moved a mo­tion that the vote of con­fi­dence mo­tion be stood down till the next leg­isla­tive day. It was sec­onded by philip Aduda and was so adopted.

The prin­ci­pal spon­sor of the mo­tion is the im­me­di­ate past gov­er­nor of Borno State, Se­na­tor Shet­tima kashim.

But Ak­washiki told re­porters on Thurs­day that the se­na­tors were loyal and were fully in sup­port of their lead­er­ship.

He said, “There is noth­ing to worry about in the vote of con­fi­dence in the lead­er­ship of the Se­nate which was stood down on Tues­day dur­ing ple­nary.

“It is a vote of con­fi­dence and not a vote of no con­fi­dence.

“A vote of con­fi­dence is moved when mem­bers of a group are in sup­port or in to­tal agree­ment with the lead­er­ship.

“I see no big deal in the mo­tion be­ing stood down. I want us to ex­er­cise pa­tience and wait for the day that the mo­tion would be men­tioned on the floor of the Se­nate.

“I won’t speak fur­ther on it be­cause it is a vote of con­fi­dence. I would have loved to speak more if it was a vote of no con­fi­dence and the Se­nate pres­i­dent de­cided to use his power as pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer to stand down the mo­tion.

“Those who are mov­ing the vote of con­fi­dence are in to­tal sup­port of the lead­er­ship, so it is not a se­ri­ous is­sue.”

On the 36 se­na­tors com­pris­ing 25 All pro­gres­sives Congress and 11 peoples Demo­cratic party mem­bers listed as co-spon­sors of the mo­tion, Ak­washiki said it was a nor­mal thing.

He added, “All of us are in to­tal sup­port of the mo­tion but we can­not all have our names on it.

“If all of us should put our names on the list, then it’s no longer a mo­tion. Now that the mo­tion has been brought be­fore the Se­nate, ev­ery se­na­tor would have the op­por­tu­nity to speak on it. The num­ber of spon­sors does not mat­ter.

“The vote of con­fi­dence mo­tion has noth­ing to do with any cri­sis in the Se­nate. There is no cri­sis. Our loy­alty to the lead­er­ship is to­tal and com­plete.

“It is even pos­si­ble for two se­na­tors to move mo­tion on vote of con­fi­dence.”

There were 25 APC se­na­tors and 11 pdp mem­bers on the list as spon­sors.

The mo­tion read, “The Se­nate ob­serves with sat­is­fac­tion, the sta­bil­ity and unity of pur­pose wit­nessed by the 9th Na­tional As­sem­bly un­der the lead­er­ship of Se­na­tor Ah­mad Lawan since its in­au­gu­ra­tion on Tues­day, June 11, 2019.

“The Se­nate notes with much sat­is­fac­tion the mod­est achieve­ments of the 9th Na­tional As­sem­bly in the dis­charge of its con­sti­tu­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity with much dili­gence and can­dour as ex­hib­ited by the Se­nate through the re­align­ment of the bud­get cal­en­dar to Jan­uary-de­cem­ber bud­get cir­cle through the timely pas­sage of the 2020 Ap­pro­pri­a­tion Bill on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 5, 2019.

“The Se­nate notes the timely pas­sage of the Fi­nance Bill 2019 to drive the fis­cal re­forms as pro­posed for the 2020 fi­nan­cial year; and the timely pas­sage of the pub­lic pro­cure­ment Act (Amend­ment) Bill, 2019 to re­po­si­tion the pro­cure­ment process.”

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