The new Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, yesterday described his emergence on Tuesday as the will of God.
Lawan made this remark while seeking his colleagues’ support at the commencement of day’s plenary.
Lawan who also described his choice as Senate leader as the decision of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said he had no choice than to accept the decision.
He said: “Nigeria is our country, it doesn’t belong to APC. It belongs to Nigerians.
That is the position that the leader of the party in the country, the president insisted that party supremacy must be upheld at all times.
“We should put our hands together and ensure stability in the country. I urge the cooperation and understanding of my colleagues. The Eight Senate started on a shaky foundation. This Senate will end on a solid, stable and successful foundation.
“I thank the APC Caucus for having confidence and trust in my judgement and ability to serve as leader of the Senate. I ask the opposition that what the APC caucus has done is for all of us. I am not a leader for the APC caucus. I am a leader of the Senate.
It is the will of God. And we as religious people believe in destiny. We have accepted our fate and we have accepted to work for the betterment of Nigerians,” Lawan said.
Reacting, the Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, said the PDP caucus believed that the elevation of Lawan as Senate leader would end “all the grumblings and disaffections affecting the Eight Senate would be brought to an end.”
He added: “We are delighted. We want to note that in spite of the situations of this and that, the Senate is focused on national issues.
“We are implementing issues on bi-partisan basis. We will continue to remain bi-partisan where the interests of Nigerians are concerned.
“We will support the Senate, the APC caucus and President Muhammadu Buhari on things we believe will take Nigerians out of recession.”
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