The Citizens Consultative Assembly (CICON) has declared support for the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, to emerge the next Senate President.
The Executive Director of the assembly, Clarion Augustine, said yesterday in a statement that the media altercation over who becomes the president of the senate in the 9th Assembly is needless.
“In climes where representative democracy has taken firm root, a lawmaker’s worth and relevance are measured by the decision they make on the floor of the hallowed chamber. Even at that, the lawmakers are duty bound to consult their constituents. Nigeria cannot therefore, be different. We insist strongly that the impending election of the leadership of the senate should not deviate from global legislative practice of openly electing their leaders,” he said.
According to him, since the APC zoned the post of senate president to the North-east and settled for Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan, there has been needless altercation over the decision.
He said in 2015, the inability of the APC to act decisively led to the emergence of Bukola Saraki against party’s preference which ultimately led to a sour executive/legislative relationship.
He said, “It is against this background that we throw our support to the APC as the party with the most senators and representatives to produce the leaders of both chambers. We are, however, of the opinion that Senator Ahmad Lawan is a shoulder above others and more qualified to run the affairs of the senate in the 9th Assembly.”