Thursday, 27 August 2015

Visits to Buhari, Tinubu not on Senate crisis

Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, on Thursday, confirmed his separate recent visits to President Mohammadu Buhari, and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, but explained that it had nothing to do with the leadership crisis rocking the Senate. Ndume, who spoke with some journalists in Abuja, clarified that the senate led by Senator Bukola Saraki, had put the issue of the leadership tussle behind it and was now concentrating on supporting the Buhari administration to tackle the various problems confronting the nation. He also said he had been visiting both Buhari and Tinubu, on regular basis since the last 12 years because they are his political mentors. He said, “On my reported visit to Buhari, I am the leader of the eight senate. My duties are there: One, to lead the legislative business of the senate; Two, to prepare the schedules of the senate, and three, to liaise with other committees. “I am supposed to be the presenter of all government bills to the presidency. So, in fact I am supposed to be in the Villa almost every day. My going to the Villa is not supposed to be a big deal. “Yes, there are some issues we had after the inauguration of the senate leadership and all that, but as you can see we have put all those issues behind us and are moving forward. “The president has communicated several times to the senate, who did he address the letter to? He writes not only to the senate president, but he puts Bukola Saraki. We have moved beyond that. “Of course I go to the Villa frequently, because we compare notes on bills that are going to come including on these relationships.” Ndume added that individual senators on their own were supposed to be going to the Presidential Villa on personal levels and are supposed to be interacting with the president. He added, “We have been doing that in the previous leadership and that is what took us there recently and of course to improve on the relationship between the executive and the legislature.

HENRY E. J Williams

Author & Editor

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