After Saraki, Incoming Senate Prèsident Anticipates Disagreements With Buhari

Senator Ahmed Lawan who is the outgoing senate leader has revealed how his relationship would be with the presidency when he becomes the senate president.

Lawan had stated that when he becomes the senate president, he won’t be a rubber stamp and an appendage of the executive arm of government. He had made the comment on Friday, June 7, in Abuja, when he unveiled his 20-page agenda titled “A National Assembly that Works for Nigeria: Proposed Legislative Agenda for the 9th Senate”, Vanguard reports.

It was gathered that Senator Lawan was speaking ahead of the inauguration of the ninth Senate on Tuesday, June 11. He had assured Nigerians of a predictable budget cycle in the 9th National Assembly, that would be working hand in hand with the executive. He had also explained that he knew there would be mild conflict under his leadership between the Senate and the executive, but it would definitely be with respect.

His statement had read in part

“If there is need for disagreement in the interest of Nigerians, we will disagree with the executive; but with dignity and respect.

“There will not be a Senate which will be a rubber stamp of the executive under my watch, but a Senate that is highly responsible and committed to those things that work for the country.”

He had said that the ninth Senate will not be a place for political parties, religion or geopolitical zones; but a place that would solely be for the Federal Republic Of Nigeria and her people. He had asserted strongly that the ninth senate would not be a dichotomy along party lines.

Lawan had earlier dismissed insinuations in some quarters that the Senate will become a rubber-stamp body to President Muhammadu Buhari if he successfully becomes the Senate president in the upcoming 9th National Assembly election. Lawan had revealed on Tuesday, April 16 in Abuja while serving as the host to the leadership of the All Progressives Congress Youth Forum.

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