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All Principal Officers Product Of Consensus, Says Bamidele

…Says Senate ready to screen Service Chiefs, other appointees

The Senate Leader, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, on Tuesday, said that there were no external influences in the emergence of the principal officers announced by the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio.

Bamidele who stated this while briefing journalists shortly after the plenary session, said that all the principal officers announced, emerged by consensus decision of party stakeholders, both in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the minority parties.

He also refuted the insinuation that the list of the principal officers from the majority party emanated from the Presidency.

The lawmaker was reacting to a statement credited to the National Chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Adamu, dissociating the party from the list of principal officers announced by the President of the Senate.

“But we are also not pretending. We have two arms of government being controlled by one party and everywhere in the world, these stakeholders will show interest in every leadership.

“In the US, the Vice President is also the Senate President. But our drafters of the Constitution said the Senators will elect among themselves who should lead them.

“If the party shows interest since our rules say the party will nominate, the President is the leader of the party, he will show interest,” Bamidele said, adding that there was no disagreement in the APC concerning the composition of the principal officers.

“In our party the APC, everything is in order. What was read today was a consensus,” Bamidele said, admitting that it was an unusual situation that is growing Nigeria’s nascent democracy.

“It was an unusual situation that showed the growth of democracy in Nigeria. Votes of Nigerians are beginning to count,” Bamidele said of the number of opposition lawmakers they have from seven political parties.

Also, the Senate Leader said that it was ready to receive names of President Bola Tinubu’s appointees, including the Service Chiefs and Ministers for screening and confirmation.

According to him, with the composition of the principal officers, full legislative activities have commenced, adding that the Chamber was ready to receive official communications from the President, saying that they needed to constitute Committees before the end of the month.

“A new leadership has emerged from the 10th Senate. After we elected the presiding officers on the 13 June without rancour, the principal officers have also emerged without any problem,” Bamidele said, adding that they see their emergence as the principal officers of the 10th Senate as an assignment they must be serious about.

“We see this as an assignment. There will be positives and our efforts are to ensure that Nigerians benefit.

“The two presiding officers emerged without rancour. The emergence of the principal officers from the APC through the principal stakeholders in the two arms of government and the party. That is what led to our emergence.

“In the opposition, six political parties were involved and 56 members were involved. 38 of them signed for the new principal officers to emerge,” Bamidele said, adding that it was more of a position from members of the six political parties.

“They took a decision who their leaders should be and the presiding officers have to follow the decision of the lawmakers. 38 of the opposition lawmakers signed the list of endorsements of the principal officers.

“We have to go on an executive session before an announcement could be made regarding the principal officers. So the process is no victor, no vanquish,” Opeyemi said, adding that they must hit the ground running.

“For us, the next task is to hit the ground running. The first task is to constitute the committees. The first six Committees including the election committee will be set up before other committees will come and before the standing committees.

“This July, we are to ensure that all committees are set up. We are also ready to receive communication from Mr President concerning his appointees.

“We are ready to screen and confirm the service chief and other appointees. We are ready for communication on the service chiefs and all other appointments that need urgent confirmation,” Bamidele said.

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