July 31, 2015

Uzamere asks Saraki to reconcile with Lawal group

Senator Bokola Saraki and Ahmad Lawan

By Simon Ebegbulem

BENIN CITY—THE immediate past senator representing Edo South senatorial district of Edo State, Senator Ehigie Uzamere, yesterday, urged the senate President, Bukola Saraki to take a cue from how the crisis in the House of Representatives was resolved, by closing ranks with the group of senators led by Senator Ahmad Lawal, warning that the nation may not have ministers in the next one year if the crisis persist.

Senator Bokola Saraki and Ahmad Lawan

Uzamere who is one of those gunning to succeed Governor Adams Oshiomhole in 2016 under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, noted that “The two parties especially the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC must be very careful in taking decisions because you have substantial number of PDP senators and they are speaking with one voice, which is commendable. There is no rebel among them, if there was a rebel among them, the APC will have the upper hand but that is not the situation, so APC must be careful for the smooth running of the senate.

“We saw how the House of Reps resolved their crisis few days ago. I congratulated Dogara and Gbajabiamila for that smooth resolution. I still call on the senate President, Bukola Saraki and Senator Lawal to see how they can come together to sort out their problem. The ministerial list will soon be out, if this matter is not resolved, I am telling you in the next one or two years, we will not have ministers in the country.”

“It is not easy to move from one group to another group in the senate, I pray that the Saraki group and that of Lawal become one group. That is my prayers for them. David Mark was able to bring all the groups together during his time. Then I was in the Akume group but Mark was able to bring the two groups to be one group and that is what I urge them to do.”