Ahead of the inauguration of the ninth National Assembly, Chairman, Ahmad Lawan Campaign Group, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi, stated that Senator Ali Ndume‘s quest to become the Senate President has given credibility to the entire process.
Abdullahi while speaking at the News Agency of Nigeria Forum in Abuja, stated that everyone is free to vote and be voted for in a democratic setting.
“Democracy is a contest and there is beauty in the contest and that is what I told Ndume about an hour ago, that we appreciate that you are making democracy in Nigeria to really work.”
“It gives credibility to the entire process. If we had just gone and ….already, people are saying that we have been annointed, we have been stampeded into that; that is a very wrong perception”
He stated that Lawan is capable following his contribution in the Senate as the Senate leader in the 8th assembly.
“Under normal parliamentary practice, if a party wins an election, the leader of that party in the Senate, without any contest, moves in and take over the leadership.”
“That is what happens in the United States when democrats won the election in the House of Representatives”.
He further stated that the same thing is applicable in the British system of government.
“So under normal circumstances, we stand on a very strong position, and they know us and we know them”.
“If our candidate was that bad, since we started this contest late February, the issue would have come out.”
“If he was corrupt or has stolen money, it would have come out in the public domain.”
“But the fact that it hasn’t, it means that we are on good course,” he said.
He claimed that though Senator Ndume has his own agenda which he wants to achieve, Lawan’s acceptability is overwhelming.
Abdullahi called on Nigerians to note the integrity and the sincerity of purpose of the 9th Senate under Lawan’s watch.
“We want Nigerians to really keep an eye on us. If we win this election, we will add value to legislative activities”.
He said the independence of the legislature would be guaranteed while the relationship with the executive would be strengthened.