Saturday, September 21, 2019
Advertisement

CSOs back APC’s choice of Lawan as senate president

CSOs back APC’s choice of Lawan as senate president
April 10
19:14 2019
Advertisement

A coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), led by the Centre for Policy Advocacy and Leadership Development (CPALD), say they are in support of Ahmad Lawan’s candidacy for the president of the 9th assembly.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has thrown its weight behind Lawan, who is the current senate majority leader.

The groups, in a statement issued by Joe Mesele, CPALD director, said Lawan’s nomination by the APC is in line with global parliamentary best practices.

It added that there is nothing wrong with the APC’s anointed candidate, describing those against Lawan’s emergence as “simply ignorant of parliamentary ethics and norms the world over”.

“We have watched with keen interest for some weeks now debates as to the proprietary of the leadership of the APC in nominating Senator Ahmed Lawan as its candidate for the president of the senate of the 9th assembly,” the statement read.

“We at the Centre for Policy Advocacy and leadership Development alongside ten of our sister civil society organizations hereby unequivocally state that we are on the same page in advancing the course of democracy in Nigeria and therefore view the development as welcome because it’s in line with international Parliamentary best practices.

“We have studied Parliamentary developments in several advanced democracies and came to the conclusion that the leadership of those Parliaments are usually members with the requisite cognate experience – Usually leaders of the ruling party’s caucuses. And right now in Nigeria, the leader of the APC caucuses in the Senate is Senator Ahmed Lawan. He is therefore, without sentiments, eminently qualified to hold the position. The people criticizing the APC for taking the position of supporting Senator Ahmed Lawan are simply ignorant of parliamentary ethics and norms the world over.

“We are calling on other stakeholders to align with the initiative of the APC in order to flow along with international norms and procedures in the election of the leadership of parliaments”.

The CSOs suggested that in order to ensure transparency of the process, the election of the president of the 9th assembly be by open balloting system and not secret balloting.

RECEIVE ALERTS FROM THECABLE

WHATSAPP 08113975334
TWITTER @thecableng
Copyright 2019 TheCable. All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from TheCable.
Tags
Advertisement

Social Comments

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

Let me tell You a sad story ! There are no comments yet, but You can be first one to comment this article.

Write a comment

Write a Comment

Your email address will not be published.
Required fields are marked *

*

Advertisement
Advertisement

Exchange Rates

NOTE: The black market rates represent the most prevalent. They could be slightly higher or lower among different sellers.
September 16, 2019USDGBPEUR
INTERBANK306397354
LAGOS362475413
KANO361474413
PH361475412
ABUJA362476413
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement