By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Musa Adamu
The Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, has said that he and his associates will engage the senators of the opposition political parties, including the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), with a view to form synergy that will ensure that he emerges victorious in the contest for the President of the 9th Session of the Senate.
Briefing journalists at the weekend, Lawan, who was tipped to be the Senate President in the 8th Senate, said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) must have learnt its lessons in the mistakes of 2015 and will be ready to do things differently this time around and find his team supportive of the government programmes of President Buhari.
“What we are doing at the moment is to reach out to our colleagues senators-elect, talk with them, tell them our mission and why we are contending to take the leadership of the Senate and the National Assembly. We also need to tell them why we need to make the legislature in Nigeria, particularly the National Assembly more productive, focused and the need for all of us to work together.
“APC senators, in this respect, are so critical because that is our focus. But we will also reach out to other senators-elect from other political parties. So, this is a representation. This is not the number of senators that are supporting this cause. This is just introducing us to you”, Senator Lawan told journalists in Abuja.
Speaking further, Lawan said there will be a seamless emergence of Senate President in the 9th session, saying “We are not in any way thinking that we will start having some crisis. We are not even praying that that happens”, adding “I am sure our leaders will try to manage this huge success of APC”.
Meanwhile, he pointed out that he remains a loyal party man, who is ever willing and ready to accept the decisions of his party, signaling that if the party makes a decision that is not in his favour, he will abide by and obey the party’s choice, even if the position is zones to another region, though he argued that North East deserves the position.
The Yobe North senator, while pledging to run a bipartisan legislative chamber that will give senators of all political parties a sense of belonging, he said the senators can disagree because of party affiliations, but pointed out that it is important that when they legislate, they should bear in mind that they are doing so in trust for the good of the country.