The Senate President, Sen. Ahmed Lawan, has reiterated his stance that the Senate under his leadership would not be a “rubber stamp” to President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to his media aide, Mohammed Isah, Lawan said this when he received a group under the aegis of Women Parliamentarians.
Lawan was further quoted as saying that the 9th Senate under his leadership would “challenge” the presidency albeit in a “decent manner”, describing the insinuation that he would be a “rubber stamp” as “laughable”.
The Senate President said, “There is no time that I will ever be a rubber stamp.
“Yes, I believe in President Buhari as a person and I believe in my party, the APC, but I believe that our problems as Nigerians are Nigerian problems. They are neither APC nor PDP problems, they are Nigerian problems that require Nigerian solution. So, we have to work together.
“We will be there for the executive arm of government all the time in moving this country forward. We are going to challenge the executive in a manner that is decent but decisive. As a minister, you have to do your ministerial job well.
“We will make government appointees to do what is required of them. We have to deal with the issues confronting us. It is not going to be easy, but we have to build a relationship that have mutual respect, collaboration and partnership. It is achievable.”
He reminded the women that the political space in the country was wide enough to accommodate them, and encourage more of them to get involved in politics.