Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan Appeals To Lawmakers To Reconvene
Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, has appealed to his colleagues in the National Assembly to reconvene so as to pass the supplementary budget,
This is coming after Senators elected under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), held a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock, in Abuj.
to enable the country’s electoral body INEC have the necessary funds for the conduct of the 2019 election.
“As the President leaves for his vacation I believe that we are supposed to continue to be very responsible as legislators; those issues that are so important to this country that we haven’t dealt with, we should be able to come back and deal with them. Here I have in mind the consideration of the budget of the INEC for 2019 elections that is supplementary budget submitted by the President. I believe that we are going to do a lot of justice to the people of this country if we work hard to pass those requests so I am calling on all my colleagues in the Senate and indeed in the House of Reps that we come back and work on the request to enable INEC have its funds for the 2019 elections.
They have already announced the election time table and I am sure they will be constrained if there are no funds approved by the National Assembly,” he said.
He said the APC still has the majority in the Senate as he pledged the full support of the APC Senators to the President and the administration he leads.
“The APC remains the majority party in the Senate with 53 Senators and we have given their names and States. I know the other side is claiming it has 55, 60 or 70 but they have never given any name. In fact I challenge them to publish the names of their Senators, the PDP Senators.”
“We have published ours and among the 53, none has come out to deny that he/she is APC; they remain 48 Senators in PDP. And by the grace of God, when they by-elections in Bauchi and Katsina will hold, we will get two Senators and that will boost our number.”
“We have placed our total commitment and loyalty to our party and Mr. President, we remain true and genuine representatives of our people, we will not want to do anything that is not in the interest of our people and this administration,” Lawan stated.