Primaries: Remain committed to our political system irrespective of
outcome, Lawan tells lawmakers
of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has called on lawmakers to stay committed to the
political system of their respective parties not minding the outcome of the
just concluded primaries.
Senate President made this known on Tuesday, June 15, 2022 in an address delivered
to welcome members of the Upper Legislative Chamber back from break.
suspended plenary on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, to enable lawmakers participate
in the primaries of political parties.
in his welcome address, also underscored the need for the Senate to prioritise
the nation’s security challenges, as well as undertake further amendment of the
to him, the electoral process in the just concluded primaries have thrown up
issues that must be critically looked at by the National Assembly.
on the outcome of the party primaries, he said, “Some of us participated in the
congresses for their Senatorial Districts, some of our colleagues went for
Governorship of their states, and four of us went for the Presidency of our
recorded different results from those activities, but as politicians, it is
never over until it is over”. “We should continue to support the political
system that we believed in”.
colleagues who have recorded successes, we wish them more success in the
general elections”. “And those that have not succeeded as much, we are hopeful
that between now and then, the situation may be better”.
the whole, our commitment to ensuring that this democracy benefits from Legislative
Interventions of the National Assembly should remain our focus”. “As a
Parliament, we still have issues that require our Legislative Intervention”.
security of our country, still needs our attention and, therefore, I urge all
of us to continue from where we stopped before we went on recess, in giving due
and desired attention for the improvement of security of our citizens”.
President noted that the electoral process may have thrown up certain issues
that the National Assembly could also look at and address, because the
Electoral Act itself, even though a good document, is not a perfects document”.
needs some refinement from time to time to improve our electoral process.”
Senate Presiding Officer added that the Ninth National Assembly in the last
three years has done so much in improving the quality of governance.
Tabiowo, FAI, FIMC, CMC, FCP, Fsca
President of the Senate
June 14, 2022.