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Unity Forum emerges to push independent Senate leadership

By Emmanuel Aziken

The stance taken by the President-elect, General  Muhammadu Buhari that the next National Assembly leadership should independently emerge, has given birth to a new group, the Unity Forum, which was reportedly formed to push the concept.

The group, consisting of serving senators and senators-elect, according to its spokesman, a senator-elect, was formed to ensure that only an incorruptible person in the mould of the President-elect should lead the Senate.

Briefing newsmen in Abuja, the spokesman enumerated, among others, cognate experience, incorruptibility, team-play,  as factors that the Unity Forum would use in evaluating the candidates it would support for the leadership of the Senate.

“We believe that the new leadership should be able to help the President-elect achieve and deliver on his campaign promises to rid Nigeria of corruption and also, establish the rule of law and good governance in the country,” he said.

Buhari had,  Wednesday, disclaimed assertions of his relationship with any of the candidates for Senate President, saying he was ready to work with anyone irrespective of tribe, language or creed.

He added that these insinuations were probably borne out of people’s expectations based on the way things had happened in the past, but reminded Nigerians that change had truly come.



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