Embattled Senator Abdullahi Adamu has accused the Senate of sabotaging the government of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The lawmaker who represents Nasarawa West Senatorial District made the allegation in a statement by him on Tuesday.
He is one of the lawmakers who opposed the amendment of the election sequence by members of the National Assembly, a development that has sparked mixed reactions in the country.
Advising his colleagues, Senator Adamu 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,” he added.
The senator reminded the lawmakers that Nigerians gave them the mandate to deliver, noting that the government has no reason why it cannot acquit itself and fulfil the yearnings of the people with APC’s control of the executive and the legislative.
He, however, alleged that the lawmakers 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 revalidation of our mandate to sit in these hallowed chambers. What shall we tell them?” Adamu asked.
The Senate and the House of Representatives had agreed to change the sequence in which elections are conducted such that the National Assembly election will come first, followed by governorship and state Houses of Assembly, and finally the presidential poll.
President Muhammadu Buhari, however, wrote to the lawmakers to inform them that he has declined his assent to the amendment of the 2010 Electoral Act.
The letter read by Senate President Bukola Saraki on Tuesday, the President noted that amendment to the sequence of the election in section 25 of the Principal Act may infringe on the constitutionally guaranteed discretion of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to organise, undertake and supervise all elections provided in section 16(a) of the constitution.
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