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We Are Not Behind Osibanjo’s Travails-Senate

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Ahmed Lawan

The Senate has distanced itself from the travails that the Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo, is currently going through.

Spokesman of the Senate, Senator Dayo Adeyeye, while addressing journalist after plenary refuted any link of the Senate to the Vice President’s current trouble, adding that he’s not aware that any role constitutionally assigned to the Vice President has been taken away from him.

Adeyeye said: “the Senate is not involved with that and we are not concerned about what happens in the executive, things that are happening with the Executive.

“I am speaking for the Senate. I do not speak for the Executive and I do not want to concern myself with the issue of the Vice President or the Executive, it is not our business, That is the Executive arm of government and we do not interfere. Why do we have to do that?

“It is not our concern, why do you want to drag me into something that does not really concern me and that does not concern the Senate.

“So, we are not bordered about that and we are not concern.

“I am not aware of any role constitutionally assigned to the Vice President has been taken away from him. Nothing like that has happened. Constitutional, assigned duties remain the same. Get it right, The President has the prerogative to assign duties to all those who work with him in the executive.

“He has the constitutional power, he can call the Minster of Works and say okay go to Finance or go to labour. The Senate will not inquire into that because that is his duties.

“He cans say my Vice President I give you this additional responsibilities, where is the power of the Senate to investigate that. We do not have the power that will warrant the intervention of the Senate. That has never happened, and that has not happened.

“I do not think we have any cause to be discussing that, because that itself has not happened. So we are not bothered about that and we are not concerned. I want to tell you that at this moment we are not investigating it.”

On the N5.5 billion car insurances, he urged the media to change its focus saying that it wont help Nigerians. It doesn’t help the Nigerian polity. Just forget it. Let us concentrate on what the National Assembly and elected representatives are doing, what you have sent them to do.”

“The matter has always been a recurring decimal since 1999. In this country, senators, ministers and civil servants were provided houses and then the policy was stopped. As of today, most government officials have official vehicles the same way judicial officials have.

“So why is legislature different? It is simply because the legislature has not been part of government. It is because of the legislature you have democracy. Most people think legislature is expensive. If you think democracy is expensive and legislature is not necessary, try dictatorship and let us see.

“Do a cost benefit analysis. Even the N5.5 billion, I don’t know if the amount is correct. I don’t know the vehicles to be provided,” he said.

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