Senate Holding Executive ‘Prisoner Of Politics’ – Adamu

Senate President Bukola Saraki (left) with Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu (right)

Abdullahi Adamu, senator representing Nasarawa West Senatorial District, has accused the legislative arm of government of sabotaging the executive.

Adamu in a statement on Tuesday, claimed the lawmakers are holding the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari “prisoner of politics” by refusing to support it.

Recall that Adamu had weeks back led senators out of the Senate chamber after the upper legislative arm passed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill seeking to reshuffle elections.

Adamu, who is a loyalist to President Buhari, opposed the lawmakers, claiming the move was against the President.

According to him, “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?

“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 added.

Reacting to Adamu’s claim, the Chairman Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi, said the Nasarawa senator was entitled to his


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