10th NASS: Lawan refuses to comment on race for Senate presidency

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Senator Ahmad Lawan has refused to comment on his participation in the Senate presidency campaign in the 10th National Assembly.

He made this known to State House Correspondents yesterday on the sidelines of the Sallah homage to President Muhammadu Buhari by Federal Capital Territory (FCT) residents at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

This comes as the race for the new 10th National Assembly’s leadership roles heats up, with many partnerships being forged across party lines.

When asked about his Senate Presidency ambitions, Lawan stated that he was not at the State House to discuss whether he wants to return as the Red Chamber’s and National Assembly’s leader.

He stated, “I’m not here to answer whether I’m running for Senate President or not.”

Lawan also expressed disappointment that members of the National Assembly voted against gender laws aimed at increasing women’s participation in politics and government.

He, on the other hand, pushed for alternate ways to connect with the legislature, pushing newly-elected and returning lawmakers to press for the passage of pro-women laws in the 10th Assembly.

“I felt bad that we couldn’t pass even one,” he remarked. But we must not give up hope; we must continue to campaign and meet with more members of the National Assembly, as well as re-strategize.”

Lawan stated that he did not regret his actions as Senate President, despite acknowledging lapses in his performance.

“I can’t say we have regrets,” he continued. We can only tell that there are some issues that we have not been able to resolve properly. And this is natural because we don’t have sufficient funds.

“Two, as humans, there are areas that you may not get right no matter what you do, but it is up to us to identify those areas, go back, and rework them.” The APC administration will keep working on the areas where we need to improve.”

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