By Ben Agande
ABUJAâ€”The SenateÂ Â yesterday denied media reports that members of the senate are polarized along the lines of Pro and Anti Goodluck Jonathan, saying that those propagating this are doing so to cause disaffection in the senate.
In a statement in Abuja yesterday, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Information, Senator Ayogu Eze said the senate under the leadership of Senator David Mark remained focused and would not be distracted by such sponsored reports.
The statement reads: â€œthe senateÂ has noticed attempts by faceless and cowardly spin-doctors to cause disaffection in its rank by promoting a phantom division among senators into groups loyal to the Acting President and those who are not.
â€œThese same forces have ceaselessly continued to propagate phoney meetings in the media with a view to drawing attention to themselves and possibly hoodwinking Nigerians.
â€œThe doctrine of necessity which empowered the Acting President to take on the full powers of that office was the creation of the entire Senate, and indeed the National Assembly.
â€œIt is therefore curious that the media has persistently created the impression that this was the handiwork of a handful of individuals. No single individual or handful of individuals can appropriate the work of the Senate.
â€œThe Senate, under the mature leadership of the Senate President, Senator David A. B. Mark, is solidly behind the Acting President and the new political dispensation which the Senate spearheaded along with other stakeholders.
â€œThe doctrine of necessity is the brainchild of the Senate, clearly and unambiguously led by the Senate leadership, which indeed came up with the ingenuous explanation of substituted transmission of notice of leave, anchored on the tenets of that doctrine.
â€œIt is interesting that the reportage of this development is usually led by reporters who are not accredited to cover either the Senate or the House of Representatives, showing that the reports are implants, deliberately distributed to mislead members of the public about how the Senate functions.
â€œI wish therefore to advise my colleagues in the media to be wary of reporting phantom meetings and conferences that exist only in the fertile imagination of those who push them into the press.
â€œI wish to equally urge Nigerians to ignore these planted stories of division in the Senate. In the Senate, we are focusing on refining the legal framework for enthroning a credible electoral process, which Nigerians are yearning for at the moment.
â€œThis is why we passed the amendment of the constitution and the electoral act with much dispatch, out of a sense of duty to the Nigerian people, as well as our desire for the reforms we have grounded in the constitution and the electoral process to take effect before the next general elections in Nigeria in 2011.