Stop Holding The Executive Prisoner of Politics, Sen. Adamu Tells National Assembly
Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, representing Nasarawa West Senatorial District and a staunch supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari has cautioned the National Assembly against frustrating the efforts of the executives.
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The Senator is one of the dissenting Senators who are opposed to the proposed amendment of the electoral act which is specifically aimed at reordering the sequence of the 2019 general elections as earlier stipulated by INEC.
In a Press Statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday, Adamu questioned why the National Assembly, would hold the “executive prisoner of politics that are unhealthy for the polity” He described such acts as inimical to the development of the country and “a terrible irony”.
He reminded his colleagues in the National Assembly that in less than a year from now, they will be required to seek the people’s re-validation of the people’s mandate, he rhetorically asked what they tell the people.
He urged the National Assembly to retrace its steps and reconsider it stands on matters of public interest. The Senator also reminded the National Assembly that it had no right to determine the order of elections as it had never been part of the Electoral Act.
The statement reads in part , “I believe we need to retrace our steps and reconsider our stand as legislators on matters of public interest. Our party, the APC, has the majority in both chambers of the National Assembly, yet we hold the executive prisoner of politics that are unhealthy for the polity. It is such a terrible irony that we sabotage our own government by refusing to do our part in support of the executive.
“Appointments requiring Senate approval are held up. The consequence is that the public has nicknamed the President and his administration ‘go-slow.’ The people gave us the mandate as a party to deliver. With our control of the executive and the National Assembly, there is no reason why the government cannot acquit itself and fulfil the yearnings of the people.
“Perhaps, while we are consumed with sabotaging the administration and stabbing one another in the back, we forget that in less than a year from now, we shall be required to seek the people’s re-validation of our mandate to sit in these hallowed chambers. What shall we tell them?”
The lawmaker stated that part of his “crime” was his stand on the amendment to the Electoral Act.
“Me and some of my colleagues were opposed to this amendment on the grounds that it is not the duty of the Senate to determine the order of elections. It had never been part of the Electoral Act and there is no need to deny the commission the right to do its duty as it deems fit. Happily, I am not alone in taking this stand. Some of my colleagues are opposed to it too,” he said.
Nigeria News had on Tuesday reported that Preisdent Muhammadu Buhari rejected the proposed amendments to the Electoral Act.