‘Akume will complement Buhari’s anti-corruption stand as Senate President’- Gwaska, Tallen

Posted: May 11, 2015 in federal, News, political, Politics
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For President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption stand to be effective, there must be persons of like minds occupying sensitive positions.
Based on this premise, a North-central leaders delegation led by Alhaji


Sen. George Akume

Mohammad Ari Gwaska and former Plateau deputy governor, Paulen Tallen, yesterday called on Senators-elect in the 8th Assembly to support the candidature of Senate Minority Leader, George Akume to emerge as the Senate President.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja, leader of the delegation, Alhaji Mohammad Ari Gwaska, called on all Nigerians particularly the Senators-elect to support Dr. George Akume, who according them, has used his 16 years in public service not to acquire wealth but to acquire friendship, experience and advance understanding for the unity of Nigeria.

He also asked other zones, especially North-east Senators jostling for position of Senate President to drop their ambitions for the sake of political stability.
“As Minority Leader at the 7th Assembly, Akume led the various parties in the Senate harmoniously for 4 years during which time the APC has metamorphosed from minority to majority. It is a well known legislative practice all over the world that the minority leader who is the shadow Senate President should become the Senate President authomatically.

Consequently, the group also wants Hon. Femi Hakeem Gbajabiamiala who is the Minority Leader in the House of Representatives to emerge as Speaker.
“We as leaders of the North-central zone, comprising Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Kwara, Niger, and Plateau states are particularly interested in the position of the Senate President. We have no doubt that at all that the leadership of the party will zone this crucial position to our zone to allow for necessary stability, political harmony, justice and fair play in the polity of our country.

The group also argued that because the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, is from the North-west, while the Chief Justice of the Federation is from North-east, the remaining arm of government which is led by the Senate President should be headed by someone of ethnic minority group from the North-central.
He said: “We want to appeal to all Nigerians from other party of the country to suspend their unnecessary ambition, this is not their time. We also advice all leaders who want stability to opt-out for Sen. George Akume.”

The leaders believed that Senator Akume’s presidency will approach the job with focus and purposefulness, adding that he will maintain a warm approach to all his

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