By; AMOS MATHEW, Kaduna
As the race for the next Senate President intensifies with different Political Groups and camps lobbying Senators to support their candidates, Political Groups under the auspices of Northern Youth Coalition (NYC) have kicked against the candidature of Senator Ahmed Lawan, saying the incumbent Senate Majority Leader lacks the needed leadership qualities to preside effectively over the Senate.
At a press conference, National President of the group, Comrade Mukhtar Muhammad said Ahmed Lawan has so many controversies and shortcomings that cannot be overlooked at this crucial time of need to have a tranparent leadership at the Senate.
Comrade Muhammad said Senator Lawan had not made any meaningful contributions or sponsored masses oriented bills at the 8th Senate.
“If Ahmed Lawan is allowed to emerge the next Senate President, it would be a great diservice to the Nigerian electorate who need a vibrant and an independent Legislative Arm of Government crucial in making laws that would have direct impact on the masses.
“Ahmed Lawan was instrumental to the ouster of Senator Ndume as Leader of the Senate. How can such a scandal be rewarded with Senate Presidency? It is absurd and against the spirit of constitutional democracy which has accountability and transparency as important tenets of it’s principles.
” Ahmed Lawan has abandoned his constituency projects for over seven years now without completing them and he has collected all his constituency allowances since he came to the Senate. Why then should he abandon a project in his Constituency?
” The most painful part of Ahmed Lawan’s treachery against the North was sabotaging the exploration of oil in Bauchi State, which would have changed the fortunes of our people in the north.” The statement said.
The Group urged all Senators particularly those from Northern part of Nigeria to vote Senator Ali Ndume as the next Senate President according to members of the Group, Ndume has the required qualities to take the Senate to a higher level.