By Ugonnabo Ngwu
The lawmaker representing Nasarawa West, Senator Abdullahi
Adamu has declared that he was not after the seat of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who he said is like a son to him.
Recall that following a point of order raised by Obinna Ogba (Ebonyi Central), in which he claimed to be in possession of a recorded phone conversation between Adamu and other unnamed people to sack the Senate leadership, the Senate directed its Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions committee to investigate Adamu.
While referring the issue to its committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions yesterday, the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, warned against plans to destabilise the National Assembly.
“The difference between military, autocratic or any oppressive regime and democracy is the parliament. Once you remove the parliament, you are going to have problems. In whatever you do, we must continue to preserve the sanctity of the parliament,” he said.
The Samuel Anyanwu-led committee was given two weeks to report back on the outcome of its findings. If found guilty by the committee, Adamu may be suspended from the Senate for a specified time as experienced by Senator Ali Ndume last year after facing the committee for amplifying on the floor of the Senate negative reports published online against Saraki and Senator Dino Melaye.
While denying plotting to destabilise the upper legislative chamber, the Nasarawa West lawmaker stated that he had the opportunity to contest for the seat of the Senate President three years ago, which he didn’t do due to lack of interest.
He told newsmen in a telephone interview that nothing could have made him nursing the ambition now that the 8th Senate was in its twilight.
His words, “A colleague called me and drew my attention to what happened on the floor of the senate today. It is amusing, but very saddening at the same time.
“I am not in anyway after Saraki. Saraki is like a son to me. I had every right to contest for the Senate President seat three years ago when the eighth Senate was inaugurated, but I never did because I wasn’t interested. It is, therefore, not logical for anyone to say I’m interested in the seat now, and will be planning to destabilise the Senate. To achieve what? For what purpose? It is not right for anyone to make such unfounded insinuations.
“We are almost three years in office, election year is drawing nearer, and I think anyone thinking of upstaging the leadership of the Senate for any reason will only be fighting a lost battle because it is not what should naturally occupy the mind of any serious minded lawmaker now.
“I’m not in anyway afraid of anyone who thinks I’ve offended him. I have the neck to carry my cross, but no one should cook up lies just to discredit me or any senator for that matter.
“If I’m asked to appear before the committee on Ethics and Privileges, I will come out clean because whoever raises the allegations will have to come out and present incontrovertible facts to prove the allegations.
“Then, names of other so-called collaborators will be made known. They will be confronted, evidence of such meeting will be produced, those accused will be asked to defend themselves, and recommendations will be made by the committee based on facts presented to it.
“Let me repeat that I’m not in anyway after Saraki. I can’t be after Saraki and I won’t do anything to upstage the leadership as being claimed because it’s a fruitless venture.
“But if I believe strongly in a cause, I stand by it. If I’ve offended anyone by my strong stand on some issues in the Senate in accordance with my conviction, I stand by it anytime. But the issue of trying to cause disaffection in the Senate is a no issue.
“Whatever we do in this world, we must be ready to bear our cross. I’m ready to bear mine. Anyone who knows me will say clearly that I’m not plotting to remove Saraki. Let them look for another thing to say.”