– Senators distance themselves from motion seeking to pass a vote of confidence on the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan
– The lawmakers named as sponsors of the motion say they were never consulted about the motion
– A lawmaker who faulted the motion alleged that the motion was horridly sponsored to douse the mounting criticisms against Lawan’s leadership in the Senate
A motion on Tuesday, December 11, seeking to pass a vote of confidence on the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has suffered a setback after some senators listed in the motion reportedly distanced themselves from the motion.
Shortly after the motion was stood down in the chamber, The Sun reported that a number of the 36 senators who named as sponsors of the motion said they were never consulted about the
“I don’t know why those seeking emergency image laundering for the leadership have to resort to this. Like many others whose names you saw on the Order Paper, I don’t know about anything relating to Vote of confidence on anybody. We have individually expressed our concerns to those packaging the project and I am sure that this is why they have agreed to stand it down,” a senator from the northeast whose name appeared as one of the sponsors of the motion said.
Another lawmaker who faulted the motion alleged that the motion was horridly sponsored to douse the mounting criticisms against Lawan’s leadership in the Senate.
“The question you should ask is ‘why passing a vote of confidence on the leadership at this time? Why the rush? Has the leadership done anything wrong since it was put in place in June, 2019 that it required the vote of confidence as solidarity measure?. The lawmaker said.
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Following the controversy surrounding the motion, the deputy whip of the Senate, Abdullahi Sabi Aliu, without offering any explanation, moved a motion that the vote of confidence motion be stood down till the next legislative day.
It was seconded by Philip Aduda and was so adopted. Abdullahi acted as Senate Leader, while Aduda stood on for the Minority Leader of the Senate.
The Senate president disclosed this while declaring open a roundtable discussion organised by the Senate committee on power.
As a result of this, Lawan urged the federal government to declare a state of emergency on the power sector, Daily Trust reports. Going further, he admitted that there is no sector in the country that is as important as the power sector.
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