The president of the senate @Dr ahmad lawan has argued that the opposition peoples democratic party (PDP) has no say in picking the next senate president or next speaker of the house of representative for the 10th national assembly. He however said his party, the APC must work with the opposition parties.
Lawan made the argument while speaking to state house correspondent after joining residents of the Federal Capital Territory for a Sallah homage President, Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Lawan in his argument said ” “There is no way an opposition will decide who should be the senate president or who should be the speaker; it is our party and other leaders that will decide,”
When reporters asked about the increasing concern that the opposition party may sieze the opportunity on the division going on in the APC lawan said”
“I don’t think opposition parties are planning to usurp because it is presumptuous that the APC will not be a united party.
“APC is a united party and the opposition party will simply work with the APC majority for us to have stability because there is no way an opposition will decide who should be the senate president or who should be the speaker; it is our party and other leaders that will determine what zone or whoever, and the rest of us in the party will key in, and of course the opposition will have no option but to give support.
“I don’t see anything wrong in the opposition talking to us or we talking to the opposition to ensure that we are on the same page, because we need the opposition to ensure that we get most of our constitutional amendments passed, when the time is right, because we don’t have the 73 in the Senate. So, you need 73 senators at least for you to have any constitutional amendment. So, you would need the opposition.”
“Don’t ever think the opposition should be pushed away. I don’t believe in that. I only believe in a bipartisan chamber because it is more productive, stable, calm and gives you the kind of outcome you will never get with a very rancorous chamber.”
Lawan however decline involving himself for the race for the next senate president as he refused to answer reporters on his purported ambition to become the next senate president.