Senator Adamu: Finding The Right Option For Senate Presidency

By Ibrahim H. Suleiman
Following the ensuing bickerings about who becomes the next senate president for the 9th National Assembly especially after the bitter and acrimonious experiences the nation went (and is still going) through with Dr Bukola Saraki as the senate president in the 8th National Assembly, it has become imperative to put all hands (and heads) on deck in order to ensure that the same mistake is not repeated.
It is apparent that the ruling APC which has the majority in the red chamber should show some maturity regarding who emerges the next senate president. But most importantly is the need for the executive to also exhibit requisite concern towards ensuring that not only the right person and in effect the most acceptable person emerges as the next senate president, but also to ensure that the party acts in accordance with the best democratic tradition the world over.
So far, it appears the APC is heading towards the same mistake it made in the run-up to the 8th National Assembly. The party has not only zeroed the position of the senate president to the north east but also singled out Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawal again as its preferred candidate. The Bukola Saraki group ultimately had apparently seized the opportunity of Senator Lawal’s comparatively weak approval rating in the red chamber in 2015 to upstage the party’s choice in a coup that proved very costly indeed to the wellbeing of the entire country. To date it appears that Senator Lawal’s old rival and former Senate leader, Ali Ndume is reportedly still not properly convinced to step down for his brother. Of course, the PDP was compensated for its alliance with Bukola Saraki’s group, grabbing the position of the Senate Deputy President, and it is now firmly standing by awaiting whatever mistakes would again be made by the APC to steal the show.
Meanwhile, other contestants have have emerged not only from the North East, which also has Senator Danjuma Goje in the race, but also from the South East, a predominantly PDP territory. To this end, the zone that held the position for the longest time since the coming of the fourth republic, ie. the North Central, producing Senators David Mark and Dr Bukola Saraki, now also has its own contestant; he is Senator Abdullahi Adamu, a two-term Nasarawa State governor, now going for a third tenure at the 9th Senate. Besides being a neutral choice, Senator Adamu’s wealth of experience as a politician spanning over four decades at the top echelon of government has singled him out not only as the most capable, but also as the best option in the circumstances when the ruling party and indeed the entire country is desperately in need of growth and stability to persue the change agenda at the Next Level.
What the Bukola Saraki leadership at the senate lacked in terms of subordination and loyalty to the top party hierarchy which tainted whatever positives it exhibited would certainly be taken care of by Senator Abdullahi Adamu’s leadership centred on his loyalty and solid support for the Buhari administration. And he demonstrated such qualities during most of the 8th National Assembly by staunchly standing for Mr President when it mattered most. It was therefore not surprising that Senator Abdullahi Adamu emerged as the Director, North Central zone of the APC Presidential Campaign Council for 2019 elections, a position in which he successfully distinguished himself when Dr Saraki and his ilk were busy dining and wining with the opposition in needless power tussles.
Of course, the North Central zone has also demonstrated enough loyalty and support judging from the outcome of the votes cast during the last general elections and in particular at the presidential polls, losing to the PDP only in Benue State; and for the first time President Buhari has won in Nasarawa State – all that not without the contributions of the astute leadership qualities of Senator Abdullahi Adamu. Hence, it would also be in the best interests of the APC and the executive to fall back on Senator Adamu from the North Central zone as a consensus candidate for the Senate President in the 9th National Assembly.
Already, other senators from zones that do not feature in APC’s present calculations of the power sharing formula are also justling for the leadership positions of the 9th National Assembly. To this end, there have been calls by members of the red chamber to be allowed to freely and democratically elect their own leaders. But this has not stopped some top shots in the party to insist that it is either Senator Ahmed Lawal or no other candidates whatsoever.
However, although many people would prefer to descend on Mr President for deliberately refusing to lean his influence on the National Assembly since 2015 to ensure that the party’s choice emerged as president of the Senate, many more people have come to realise the wisdom in letting democracy take its course without the interferences that characterised the red chamber during the Obasanjo administration leading to the frequent changes of senate presidents at the time. Apparently, the main purpose of influencing the emergence of the Senate president in favour of the ruling APC is to have someone with whom the executive can have excellent working relationship necessary for positive socio-economic and all other aspects of growth and development. It is therefore pertinent for the ruling party to stick to the role of advisers in guiding the legislators on producing the right candidate that would fit into their demands instead of remotely trying to impose a particular candidate.
Furthermore, the emergence of Dr Bukola Saraki in 2015 should have taught us that it is suicidal to rigidly impose a particular candidate that might not be the popular choice of the legislators. We have seen that although the party was far from being satisfied with Dr Bukola at the helm of affairs in the red chamber, it could not unseat him because of the broad based support he enjoyed. Besides, history has also taught us that such impositions that were rife during the Obasanjo administration only succeeded in producing an unstable National Assembly whose leadership was poorly coordinated.
Therefore, it is pertinent at this point in time to welcome the emergence of Senator Abdullahi Adamu among the contenders for the position of the senate president in the 9th National Assembly not only as a consensus and neutral candidate but also as a unifying figure. As the former Chairman, Governors’ Forum, a presidential candidate and the first chairman, Northern Governors’ Forum there is no doubt that among all the aforementioned contenders, he stands foremost as the best option that would bring about the desired change in the National Assembly for the better fostering sustainable relationship between the executive and the legislators for faster and improved progressive development.Senator Abdullahi Adamu: Finding the right option for senate president
By Ibrahim H. Suleiman
Following the ensuing bickerings about who becomes the next senate president for the 9th National Assembly especially after the bitter and acrimonious experiences the nation went (and is still going) through with Dr Bukola Saraki as the senate president in the 8th National Assembly, it has become imperative to put all hands (and heads) on deck in order to ensure that the same mistake is not repeated.
It is apparent that the ruling APC which has the majority in the red chamber should show some maturity regarding who emerges the next senate president. But most importantly is the need for the executive to also exhibit requisite concern towards ensuring that not only the right person and in effect the most acceptable person emerges as the next senate president, but also to ensure that the party acts in accordance with the best democratic tradition the world over.
So far, it appears the APC is heading towards the same mistake it made in the run-up to the 8th National Assembly. The party has not only zeroed the position of the senate president to the north east but also singled out Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawal again as its preferred candidate. The Bukola Saraki group ultimately had apparently seized the opportunity of Senator Lawal’s comparatively weak approval rating in the red chamber in 2015 to upstage the party’s choice in a coup that proved very costly indeed to the wellbeing of the entire country. To date it appears that Senator Lawal’s old rival and former Senate leader, Ali Ndume is reportedly still not properly convinced to step down for his brother. Of course, the PDP was compensated for its alliance with Bukola Saraki’s group, grabbing the position of the Senate Deputy President, and it is now firmly standing by awaiting whatever mistakes would again be made by the APC to steal the show.
Meanwhile, other contestants have have emerged not only from the North East, which also has Senator Danjuma Goje in the race, but also from the South East, a predominantly PDP territory. To this end, the zone that held the position for the longest time since the coming of the fourth republic, ie. the North Central, producing Senators David Mark and Dr Bukola Saraki, now also has its own contestant; he is Senator Abdullahi Adamu, a two-term Nasarawa State governor, now going for a third tenure at the 9th Senate. Besides being a neutral choice, Senator Adamu’s wealth of experience as a politician spanning over four decades at the top echelon of government has singled him out not only as the most capable, but also as the best option in the circumstances when the ruling party and indeed the entire country is desperately in need of growth and stability to persue the change agenda at the Next Level.
What the Bukola Saraki leadership at the senate lacked in terms of subordination and loyalty to the top party hierarchy which tainted whatever positives it exhibited would certainly be taken care of by Senator Abdullahi Adamu’s leadership centred on his loyalty and solid support for the Buhari administration. And he demonstrated such qualities during most of the 8th National Assembly by staunchly standing for Mr President when it mattered most. It was therefore not surprising that Senator Abdullahi Adamu emerged as the Director, North Central zone of the APC Presidential Campaign Council for 2019 elections, a position in which he successfully distinguished himself when Dr Saraki and his ilk were busy dining and wining with the opposition in needless power tussles.
Of course, the North Central zone has also demonstrated enough loyalty and support judging from the outcome of the votes cast during the last general elections and in particular at the presidential polls, losing to the PDP only in Benue State; and for the first time President Buhari has won in Nasarawa State – all that not without the contributions of the astute leadership qualities of Senator Abdullahi Adamu. Hence, it would also be in the best interests of the APC and the executive to fall back on Senator Adamu from the North Central zone as a consensus candidate for the Senate President in the 9th National Assembly.
Already, other senators from zones that do not feature in APC’s present calculations of the power sharing formula are also justling for the leadership positions of the 9th National Assembly. To this end, there have been calls by members of the red chamber to be allowed to freely and democratically elect their own leaders. But this has not stopped some top shots in the party to insist that it is either Senator Ahmed Lawal or no other candidates whatsoever.
However, although many people would prefer to descend on Mr President for deliberately refusing to lean his influence on the National Assembly since 2015 to ensure that the party’s choice emerged as president of the Senate, many more people have come to realise the wisdom in letting democracy take its course without the interferences that characterised the red chamber during the Obasanjo administration leading to the frequent changes of senate presidents at the time. Apparently, the main purpose of influencing the emergence of the Senate president in favour of the ruling APC is to have someone with whom the executive can have excellent working relationship necessary for positive socio-economic and all other aspects of growth and development. It is therefore pertinent for the ruling party to stick to the role of advisers in guiding the legislators on producing the right candidate that would fit into their demands instead of remotely trying to impose a particular candidate.
Furthermore, the emergence of Dr Bukola Saraki in 2015 should have taught us that it is suicidal to rigidly impose a particular candidate that might not be the popular choice of the legislators. We have seen that although the party was far from being satisfied with Dr Bukola at the helm of affairs in the red chamber, it could not unseat him because of the broad based support he enjoyed. Besides, history has also taught us that such impositions that were rife during the Obasanjo administration only succeeded in producing an unstable National Assembly whose leadership was poorly coordinated.
Therefore, it is pertinent at this point in time to welcome the emergence of Senator Abdullahi Adamu among the contenders for the position of the senate president in the 9th National Assembly not only as a consensus and neutral candidate but also as a unifying figure. As the former Chairman, Governors’ Forum, a presidential candidate and the first chairman, Northern Governors’ Forum there is no doubt that among all the aforementioned contenders, he stands foremost as the best option that would bring about the desired change in the National Assembly for the better fostering sustainable relationship between the executive and the legislators for faster and improved progressive development.

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