The senators-elect on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have pledged to work with the Presidency and the party in the selection of leadership of the National Assembly.
This stance was disclosed in separate statements by different lawmakers after the collections of certificates of return at the International Conference Centre in Abuja yesterday.
This, they said, is necessary to avert the leadership crisis that engulfed the eighth Senate.
Specifically, Adedayo Adeyeye urged the national leadership of the party to provide the required direction.
However, senator-elect, Bamidele Opeyemi, warned the process must be well-managed by the party leadership in order to avoid any backlash.
“The calibre and character of personalities elected for the ninth Senate are very solid and promising for the country but leadership is key, hence the leadership of the ruling party must manage well, whatever process it’s going to use for the emergence of leadership at both chambers this time around.
“Once this is done, the party and in particular, the National Assembly and the presidency will be on the same page on development-driven bills sponsorship, policy formulations and approval,” he said.
Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger North) said lessons learnt from the leadership squabbles of the eighth senate would be used to check possible leadership crisis.
“I was a key player in the leadership configuration of the eighth Senate and the attendant crises that followed. As one of the 43 returnees, the lessons learnt will be used to prevent the mistakes of the past from happening,” he said.
Kabiru Gaya and Ovie Omo-Agege promised to do everything within their power to ensure that the upper chambers have a harmonious working relationship with the executive arm of government.
The duo argued that though they have the ambition of becoming principal officers of the Senate, they would rather wait on the presidency and the leadership of the party to decide on the composition of the leadership of the parliament.