By Nuel Suji, Abuja.
The Justice Forum, a political lobby group, on Thursday commenced campaigning for the emergence of Senator Ahmad Lawan as Senate President in the 8th Senate.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, the Executive Director and National Coordinator of the forum, Oladunjoye Babatunde, said the in-coming administration, known for its strong anti-corruption stance, must have a Senate President who has no links with corruption or corrupt practices.
Babatunde further added that Buhari-led government would require a corrupt-free Senate to deliver on his campaign promises.
Oladunjoye said, “Babatunde further urged Senators-elect and returning Senators of the 8th Senate to dissociate themselves from the aspirations of some senators who are already considered unfit for such exalted office.
“Senator Lawan has no link with any corruption case. It is on record that when he was a member of the House of Representatives, he was given huge responsibilities such as chairing the Committees on Education and Agriculture.
“Anyone familiar with the Legislature would know that one, these committees were traditionally reserved for the ruling party. But Lawan, who was in the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) then successfully steered the affairs of these committees and was even commended by various Speakers of the House of Representatives.
“In the Senate, as chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, he has kept managers of the Nigerian treasury on their toes. He holds the record of convening the most committee meetings in the Senate. Senator Lawan will even perform better when saddled with a higher responsibility which is the office of the Senate President.”