The argument regarding Senate president’s relationship with the Presidency has been on for a while now.
Several Nigerians have opined that the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan is just a legislative extension of the President Buhari’s executive arm of government.
One of the major arguments of the opposition just before the election into the position, was the fact that Ahmad Lawan was a favourably pro-APC lawamker and would be easy to work with. This was very much in line with the APC and Buhari’s desire to have a legislative government that will be easy to work with given the experience he had with the leadership of the 8th National Assembly.
Recall that the Senate under Bukola Saraki was constantly at loggerheads with the executive arm of government over several issues.
Now, the Senate President’s recent statement objecting to the insinuation that he was a ”rubber stamp” may just be an admittance in disguise.
Mohammed Isa, a media aide to Lawan, quoted the senate president as saying saying that he was not a rubber stamp to the executive when he received Women Parliamentarians, a group led by Joy Emordi, former senator representing Anambra north.
Lawan said it is “laughable” that he is being referred to as “rubber stamp”, vowing that the senate under him would challenge the government of President Muhammadu Buhari but “in a decent manner”.
“There is no time that I will ever be a rubber stamp,” he said.
“Yes, I believe in President Buhari as a person and I believe in my party, the APC, but I believe that our problems as Nigerians are Nigerian problems.
They are neither APC nor PDP problems, they are Nigerian problems that require Nigerian solution. So, we have to work together.
“We will be there for the executive arm of government all the time in moving this country forward. We are going to challenge the executive in a manner that is decent but decisive. As a minister, you have to do your ministerial job well,” he is quoted as saying.
“We will make government appointees to do what is required of them. We have to deal with the issues confronting us. It is not going to be easy, but we have to build a relationship that have mutual respect, collaboration and partnership. It is achievable.”