Ahmed Lawan Dismisses online Reports.
AMIDST the growing anger over his handling of Senate plenary on Wednesday, Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has dismissed an online report that he was sitting on letters from some Senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who have formally informed him of their defection from the ruling party.
Lawan, in a statement signed by Ola Awoniyi, his Special Adviser on Media, dismissed the report as “utter falsehood as there is no such letter before the Senate President.”
The media report was on the heels of open association with the opposition lawmakers by certain APC Senators at the venue of press briefing where President Muhammadu Buhari was handed a six-week ultimatum to tackle insecurity challenge.
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One of those sighted and mentioned in the online report was Adamu Bulkachuwa, representing Bauchi North senatorial district.
But Awoniyi, in the statement, maintained that there was no formal letter from Senator Bulkachuwa before his principal on his alleged defection. “It is public knowledge that the Senate President has always promptly read out at plenary sessions, letters by Senators defecting from one party to another.
“The Senate President is sufficiently knowledgeable about the rules and workings of the Senate and has been discharging his responsibilities within the ambit of those rules.
“That is why he has continued to enjoy the confidence and full cooperation of his fellow Senators irrespective of party affiliations.
“Apparently, some vested interests want to magnify challenges to sow seeds of discord in Parliament in promotion of their selfish agenda. “We wish to reiterate that the Senate President is not withholding or sitting on any letter of whatever content from any of his Distinguished Senator colleagues,” he said.