Northern Senators’ Forum removes pro-Buhari lawmaker as chairman

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Few days after he opposed amendments to the election timetable on the grounds that President Muhammadu Buhari might be the target, members of the Northern Senators’ Forum, NSF, have removed Senator Abdullahi Adamu as their chairman.

The removal of Adamu was announced in a letter read by the presiding officer, Ike Ekweremadu, shortly before the end of the plenary on Wednesday.

The letter signed by the Public Relations Officer of the forum, Senator Dino Melaye, explained that Adamu was removed over allegations of financial mismanagement and maladministration.

A former governor of Sokoto state, Senator Aliyu Wammako, was immediately named as his replacement.

The letter reads, “This is to inform the Senate that the majority signatories of members of the Northern Senators Forum. We have removed Sen. Abdullahi Adams as chairman of the Northern Senators Forum for financial mismanagement and misadministration. We announce his replacement with Senator Aliyu Wamakko immediately. Find the attached names and signatories of members”.

The Senate had a week ago adopted the reordered sequence which the House of Representatives passed earlier. While questioning the conduct of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in Senate’s passage of the amendment to the Electoral Act, Adamu said, “We are part of the whole body of senators who oppose the process by which the so-called conference report was laid and considered as rushed. I had the opportunity (to speak), I was heard but the Senate President said my observation was being noted”.

“We are against what has happened. We are not the only ones. If you take note of the report that was circulated, the chairman and co-chair did not sign. We don’t know why they didn’t sign,” he had said at a press conference after staging a walkout.

“Why do we want to make a law that addresses one particular issue targeted at a person. This is very partisan. You could see from the body language, from the utterances that it is a pre-determined thing by a political party that is threatened by the APC government. Whatever incumbency give to anyone we are denying that one. We are not part of this endorsement.”

The amendment if signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari would see the National Assembly election coming up first in 2019, followed by state assemblies and governorship, with the presidential election coming last.

Since 2003 up till 2015, the presidential and national assembly polls held first, followed by governorship and state legislative polls.

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