The lawmaker representing Yobe North in the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, has said that he was reaching out to all senators-elect irrespective of party affiliation because the Senate was not for the All Progressives Congress, APC, alone.
Senator Lawan is in the frontline of emerging as President of the 9th Senate after unsuccessful attempt in 2015.
Speaking to Journalists yesterday in Abuja during the orientation Programme for Senators- Elect and Members of the House of Representatives-elect, the lawmaker said he was reaching out to Senators of the APC, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the Young Progressive Party, YPP because the Senate belongs to all and not only his party.
He said, “We are reaching to all our colleagues, regardless of their political persuasions after all we are supposed to work together.
“It is not just going to be a Senate for only the APC members. It is a Senate that will consist of the APC, PDP, and YPP.
“Therefore, we need everybody to support the genuine and laudable course of making Nigeria better.
“I will ensure that our administration is able to deliver laudable projects for Nigerians and the best way to achieve this is for all of us to work together.”
Speaking on Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki’s assertion that public negative perception of the National Assembly is the greatest problem, he added, “Well, you know parliamentarians all over the world are not very popular people because we are so exposed and we interact much more frequently with the public more than any arm of government, but you work hard on your integrity and on your reputation where you think you are not doing things right and the public particularly tells you that what you are doing is not right, you need to reflect and look at how you can improve and do better.
“I believe that as distinguished senators, honourable members of the House of Representatives, we should conduct ourselves with dignity and with respect and ensure that we deliver all those things that are expected of us.”