By Musa Adamu
The Chairman Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Godiya Akwashiki, yesterday said there is nothing to worry about in the vote of confidence in the leadership of the Senate which was stood down on Wednesday 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 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”, he said while clarifying why the lawmakers withdrew the motion on Wednesday.
He said also that the 36 senators comprising 25 APC and 11 PDP members, listed as co-sponsors of the motion, is a normal thing.
“All of us are in total agreement with the motion but we cannot all have our names in the motion. If all of us should put our names on the list, then it is 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”, he further explained.
He argued that the vote of confidence motion has nothing to do with any crisis in the Senate, saying “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.”