Technocrat Media Nigeria
ABUJA – The president of the senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan says President Muhammadu Buhari could not perform well between 2015 and 2019 because of the rift with the national assembly led by Dr. Bukola Saraki.
The duo of Saraki and Dogara defiled the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015 to emerge the Senate President and Speaker of the House of the Representatives.
APC had backed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila for the positions in the build-up to the 2015 polls but Saraki and Dogara defeated them by teaming up with the PDP lawmakers.
Lawan, speaking at a youth conference in Abuja on Monday, said the APC lost four years of opportunity that would have been used to convince Nigerians that they did the right thing in voting out the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015.
The senate president said, “For four years [2015 to 2019], our government could not perform optimally because of the then crisis between the parliament – the national assembly – and the executive arm of government,”.
“So, APC had already lost four very important years. And, that was supposed to be the year that we should have convinced Nigerians that they took the right decision by voting out a PDP administration in 2015.
“What are our options? We are one party in different arms of government. Our policies are supposed to be the same. Our programmes and projects are supposed to be the same, whether you’re in the legislature or the executive.
“So long as you are APC, that is your programme and project, that is your government and you are bound to make it succeed.”
He said the national assembly under him has taken a “conscious” decision of working in harmony with the executive.
“Otherwise, in 2023, many would like to see our backs if you can’t provide the services expected of you in your first four years,” he said.
The question remains if the national assembly under Dr. Lawan has done well in legislating in defence of Nigeria and for development at all levels.
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