- Sets up committee after meeting with APC NWC
By Musa Adamu and Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The Leader of the Senate, Dr Ahmed Lawan, has hinted that the Senators elected on the platform of All Progressives Party (APC) were ready to resolve whatever differences they had with the executive in the interest of the party.
Speaking after about three hours closed door meeting with the visiting National Working Committee (NWC) members led by its Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, Dr Lawan said the meeting was an opportunity for frank discussion between the Senate APC caucus.
Debunking the insinuation that the National Assembly was fighting the executive, he declared that whatever misunderstanding that was between them would be brought to an end, adding that “We at the Assembly will continue to support the change agenda of our government headed by Buhari.”
Dr Lawan who disclosed that the meeting resolved to set up a committee to look into areas of friction between the two arms of government, said the committee would also finally lay the vexed issue of election sequence to rest.
“We are coming to a point where the issue of a possible veto on election sequence will be resolved. This is our government. We should not be fighting dirty. We know that every party has its issues but this should not be brought to the public. We will overcome all God willing and work as party.
“The committee is expected to bring all to the table to ensure that we are all on the the same page on issues. We were happy the party was here and I am sure the party also happy too.”
He also said the issues surrounding the budget had been settled at the meeting between the leadership of the Assembly and President Buhari.
“There is no impasse on the budget anymore. As far as we are concerned the issue of budget had been laid to rest after the meeting of the leadership of the Assembly with the President. The executive gave them until Friday and we at the Assembly has any minister who is yet to defend his budget two weeks within which to come forward and do that.”
Earlier on, the National Chairman, expressed hope that the meeting would present a good opportunity to discuss general issues of polity, reality and forthcoming elections.
He said his delegation was at the Parlaiment to strategize on the approaching a critical election.
After failing to attend the last meeting of the party’s NWC, yesterday’s meeting was graced by the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki and most of the Senators elected on the platform of the party.