- Senator Adamu accused APC lawmakers of refusing to support the executive arm of government
- The senator said the present government is being sabotaged by lawmakers from the same party
- He also denied the allegation that he is plotting to have the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, removed
Former governor of Nasarawa state and senator representing Nasarawa West, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, has accused lawmakers on the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform of sabotaging the effort of the government.
Adamu, in a statement he issued to the press on Monday, March 12, said the executive arm of the government is getting little to no support from the lawmakers, Daily Trust reports.
He said: “I believe we need to retrace our steps and reconsider our stand as legislators on matters of public interest. Our party, 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."
Adamu, who was on Thursday, March 8, accused by Senator Obinna Ogba (PDP, Ebonyi), of plotting to impeach Senate president Bukola Saraki and destabilise the Senate said, he has no such plan.
He said: "If I was interested in contesting the Senate presidency in 2015, nothing would have stopped me from doing so. I was qualified for the office. This is another naked lie to tarnish my name. Let me caution that this smear campaign against me is neither in the interest of the Senate nor of the senators.”
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Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that Senator Obinna Ogba (PDP-Ebonyi Central) alleged that Senator Abdullahi Adamu, who was recently removed as chairman of the Northern Senators Forum, was making moves to remove the Senate president, Bukola Saraki.
Ogba also tendered ‘evidences’ which he said were phone conversations between Adamu and his cohorts, as to how they would unseat Saraki and other Senate leaders. The lawmaker urged the upper legislative chamber to investigate the matter, in a motion he raised under Order 43 of the Senate Standing Order.
I reaction, Adamu denied being involved in any alleged plot to remove Bukola Saraki as Senate president; stating that the latter is like a son to him.
Meanwhile, the National Assembly has confirmed that members of the Senate receive N13.5 million monthly as running cost.
The Senate spokesperson, Aliyu Abdullahi, said the revelation recently made by the senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, that members of the red chamber receive N13.5 million monthly is "nothing new". He said the details revealed to the public by Sani is already contained in budget for the National Assembly.
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