- The Senate suddenly removed Ali Ndume as its leader recently and in spite of his protest, the leadership of the chamber said it was a final decision
- In his place, Senator Ahmed Lawan who contested the Senate presidency with Bukola Saraki was elected
The new leader of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmed Lawan, has spoken out to his colleagues for the first time since he was elected following the impeachment of Ali Ndume.
Daily Trust reports Lawan as saying during plenary that he would not let his colleagues down while soliciting their support to make the Senate greater.
He pleaded with his colleagues to work without political considerations adding: “Nigeria is our country, it doesn’t belong to APC. It belongs to Nigerians.
“That is the position that the leader of the party in the country, the president, insisted that party supremacy must be upheld at all times.
“The 8th Senate started on a shaky foundation. This Senate will end on a solid, stable and successful foundation. I thank the APC Caucus for having confidence and trust in my judgment and ability to serve as leader of the Senate.
“I ask the opposition, that what the APC Caucus has done is for all of us. I am not a leader for the APC Caucus, I am a leader of the Senate,” he said as he promised to manage the relationship between the executive arm of government and the Senate.
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He said: “As a principal sales representative of the executive, I will ensure that all things that will come to us, especially bills, are good products that can easily be marketed.”