Lawan has reacted After 12 Senators Allegedly Submit Defection Letter
Ola Awoniyi, a media aide to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that no defection letter has been submitted to his principal by any Senator as affirmed by media outlets.
At least 12 senators from the ruling party had reportedly submitted their defection letters to the Senate president on Friday, but he had declined to read them out of concern that they might lead to his impeachment in the upper chamber.
However, Awoniyi denied the claims in a statement, claiming that no letter had been delivered to Lawan.
“We have seen a story on social media and in some online newspapers claiming that Ahmad Lawan, the president of the Senate, is sitting on letters from some senators allegedly informing him of their defection from the All Progressives Congress,” the statement read.
“The narrative implied that Lawan is holding onto the alleged letters in order to preserve his office as president of the Senate. The story is categorically false, as there is no such letter on file with the Senate President, we declare here.
Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa was the only affected senator named in the report.
Obviously, the distributors of the syndicated lies had not even bothered to inquire of the Distinguished Senator as to whether or when he had submitted any such letter to the Senate President, it was further stated. It is well known that the Senate President has routinely read letters written by senators who have switched parties during plenary sessions.
“Ahmad Lawan has been carrying out his duties in accordance with the scope of the Senate’s rules and is sufficiently knowledgeable about those rules and how the Senate operates.
Because of this, he has maintained the trust and unwavering support of his fellow distinguished senators, regardless of their political affiliations.
Lawan’s aide later clarified that such rumours were only intended to sow the seeds of strife in the legislature.
“Apparently, some vested interests want to magnify challenges to sow seeds of discord in the Parliament in order to promote their self-serving agenda,” the statement continued.
“We want to reaffirm that the Senate President is not holding back or delaying any letters from any of his distinguished senator colleagues, regardless of their content.
Any rumour that claims to be true therefore only exists in the minds of the troublemakers spreading it.
The Ejes Gist Newspaper reports that since opposition members walked out on the Senate President on Wednesday and demanded the removal of President Muhammadu Buhari over the level of insecurity in the nation, there has been unrest in the Senate.
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