OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Wednesday during plenary, held a Special Valedictory Session for three of its Senators, describing their exit as a call to duty.
Senators Abdullahi Adamu, (APC, Nasarawa West), and Abubakar Kyari (APC, Borno North) were elected as All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman and Deputy National Chairman (North) respectively at the party’s convention on March 26, 2022, in Abuja,
On the other hand, Senator Hassan Mohammed Gusau (APC, Zamfara Central) was appointed Deputy Governor of Zamfara state leading to a vacancy in the Senate.
The Senators took turns to pour encomiums on their colleagues who had previously turned in their resignation as members of the Upper Legislative Chamber.
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, in his remarks, said that the elevation of the colleagues was a vote of confidence in them and the institution of the National Assembly.
He said the fact that the National Chairman, Deputy National Chairman (North), National Secretary, and National Auditor are senators, past and present showed “the legislature has come of age, contributing to our national political development and evolution.”
He said though the Senate will miss the colleagues in chamber, but not in the political space because they will continue to interact at that level.
Adamu Aliero (APC, Kebbi Central), commended Senator Adamu for laying the foundation of Nasarawa State and strides in developing the education sector. He added that as the first Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Senator Adamu was able to ensure harmony among members irrespective of diverse political persuasion.
Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia South), urged the new National Chairman of the APC to deepen democracy in the discharge of his duties.
He said that the new National Chairman contributed to the growth of Agriculture in Nigeria as Chairman of the Farmer’s Association of Nigeria and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.
Senator Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe Central), described Senator Adamu as eminently qualified to lead the ruling APC to victory in 2023.
He noted that it was the first time that members of the Senate were elevated to serve in higher capacities.
Senator Orji Uzor Kalu (APC, Abia North), urged Senator Adamu to bring his wealth of experience as former Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum to bear on the administration of the APC.
James Manager (PDP, Delta South), urged the National Chairman to maintain “Senatorial integrity” in service to Nigerians, adding that doing so would boost confidence in members of the National Assembly.
Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South), urged the National Chairman and his Deputy to protect the sanctity of the National Assembly, as it is the most vulnerable arm of government.
For Senator Smart Adeyemi (APC, Kogi West), “Senator Adamu is a political textbook of contemporary Nigeria, adding that he is patriotic and God-fearing. Each time he speaks here, he speaks from the position of the law.”
An aspirant for the National Chairmanship position, Senator Sani Musa (APC, Niger East), said the emergence of Senator Adamu as APC National Chairman was the best decision made by the party; assuring that he will stand by him, work with him and do all the foot soldiering to see that he succeeds.
On his part, Senator Bassey Albert Akpan (PDP, Akwa Ibom North-East) said “Senator Adamu is a man you can trust any day. I am confident that APC which we thought was almost gone has got it right.”
In his reaction to the encomiums and commendations poured on them, Senator Abdullahi Adamu assured the senators that he will protect their interests within the confines of the APC Constitution and its processes.
On his part, Senator Abubakar Kyari who has spent seven years in the Senate said he was hoping to continue to represent his people in that capacity, “but providence has placed more responsibility on me.”
Also responding, Senator Mohammed Hassan, Deputy Governor of Zamfara state, who said his appointment was from God, said Zamfara has experienced a lot of banditry and kidnappings, adding “it is very difficult to govern the state”.
However, he said as a Commissioner in the State for 8 years, he will “contribute his quota to support Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle.”