President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have endorsed the Senate Leader of the outgoing 8th National Assembly, Senator Ahmed Lawan, as the next Senate president.
Feelers from the dinner the president held for governors and senators-elect on Monday night at the presidential villa, Abuja, showed that both Buhari and the APC are more favourably disposed to Lawan’s leadership of the Senate than Senator Ali Ndume.
Reports say Buhari and the APC opted for Lawan because of his loyalty to the party and the Buhari administration as well as his political maturity.
Apparently to avoid any unnecessary altercations, which marred the relationship between the National Assembly and the Executive arm of government during the 8th Assembly, the president and the APC reportedly prefer Lawan to other contestants because he is seen as a bridge builder and an ardent follower of Buhari.
The inauguration of the 9th National Assembly members is slated for June 10 this year, Although some lawmakers have either pitched their tents with Lawan or Ndume, the presidency and the APC have insisted on Lawan.
Meanwhile, President Buhari has described some actions and decisions of the 8th National Assembly as regrettable.
The president spoke on Monday night when he hosted state governors and senators-elect of the APC to a dinner at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Buhari particularly cited the deliberate and persistent delay in passing the annual budget by the National Assembly.