There are indications that the hot air blown by the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the impeachement of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki on resumption of the legislative business Tuesday this week has been watered down.
The Senate majority leader, Ahmed Lawan, who spoke to news men today, Friday, shortly after an audience with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, alluded to the fact that the APC Senators have shelved the impeachment move “for more important national issues.
“The National Assembly is a Nigerian parliament and therefore the best thing to do is to ensure that Nigerians get a good deal and for now the good deal is for Nigeria to have all those pending requests of Mr. President approved by the National Assembly. I think the national interest for now, overrides any other interests.”
He said that on resumption of the legislative activities on Wednesday and Thursday, the law makers concentrated on the request of President Muhammadu Buhari or the funding of INEC for elections to be conducted in 2019 “and we passed in the Senate and the House did also.
“We passed the request of Mr. President for N189 billion for INEC activities for 2019.
“On Thursday, the committee on appropriation invited the head of the security agencies to come and defend the request which Mr. President made on their behalf for funding of their supervisory and oversight roles during the elections in 2019.
“We also had the referral of the request of Mr. President’s approval for foreign loan component of the 2018 appropriation and that is about 2.78 billion dollars Eurobond.
“We have gone full blast consciously, purposely to ensure that Mr. President gets what he requested; we lost time because some of the issues were requested for before we went on our recess.
“We have also in the Senate, passed confirmations of the CBN Deputy Governor, ICPC governing body and we are determined to continue to do this throughout this period. Our intention is to ensure that Mr. President doesn’t lack from inactivity of the NASS; that whatever he requests, the fundamentals aspects especially will be attended to. This is our determination both as APC senators and, in fact as senate and National Assembly.”