We have seen a story on social media and some online newspapers purporting that the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, is sitting on letters from some Senators allegedly intimating him of their defections from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This was contained in the press statement to ngrdesk news from Ola Awoniyi, the Special Adviser (Media) to the President of the Senate, today, Saturday, July 30th, 2022.
The story insinuated that Lawan was sitting on the purported letters to protect his position as the President of the Senate.
In his statement, he remarked, “We hereby state categorically that the story is utterly false as there is no such letter before the Senate President.”
The report mentioned only Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa as one of the affected Senators.
He also said, “Obviously, the purveyors of the syndicated lies had not even bothered to confirm with the Distinguished Senator if and when he submitted any such letter to the Senate President.”
It is public knowledge that the Senate President has always promptly read out plenary letters by senators defecting from one party to another.
The Senate President is sufficiently knowledgeable about the rules and workings of the Senate and has been discharging his responsibilities within the ambit of those rules.
That is why he has continued to enjoy the confidence and full cooperation of his fellow distinguished senators, irrespective of party affiliations.
Apparently, some vested interests want to magnify challenges to sow seeds of discord in Parliament in promotion of their selfish agenda.
We wish to reiterate that the Senate President is not withholding or sitting on any letter of whatever content from any of his Distinguished Senator colleagues.
Therefore, any story purporting to be true exists only in the imagination of the mischief makers circulating it.