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Lawan Canvasses Senate Presidency For North-East

Posted: May 20, 2015 at 7:51 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Augustine Adah, Lagos


Senator Ahmad Lawan of All Progressives Congress (APC), Yobe North, has intensified his call for the position of senate president to be zoned to the North-East, where he comes from. He said it would give the zone a sense of belonging.

He is one of the three prominent senators from the North eyeing the position.

He describes himself as a cosmopolitan legislator and stressed that he has acquired experience in the National Assembly in the last 16 years as a member of the House of Representatives for eight years and senator for another eight years before his recent re-election into the Upper Chamber.

Lawan who is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Accounts ruled out the possibility of emerging as a rubber-stamp Senate President, clarifying that he would only be a partner in progress with the executive in an atmosphere of cooperative governance.

Unfolding his vision for the Senate, Lawan, said: “I want to provide a 21st century Senate Presidency; a leadership that will ensure that we have a bi-partisan approach to legislative business.

“I will bring incorruptibility and credibility to the administration. Buhari was elected based on three issues-anti-corruption, fight against insurgency and economic revival. I can complement the anti-corruption stance of the President.”

Lawan said the slot should be zoned to the Northeast as a reward for its massive votes for the APC in the recent election and compensation for the disruption of its socio-economic life by the dreadful Boko Haram sect in the last three years.

On zoning, Lawan said it is up to the APC leadership to decide, adding that the Northeast will also try to convince the party to zone the slot to the region. He explained that, since the insurgency started, no capital project has been executed in the Northeast because the zone has not been safe.