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Buhari vs Senate: Northern senators remove Sen. Adamu as their chairman – why it matters

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Buhari vs Senate: Northern senators remove Sen. Adamu as their chairman – why it matters

The Northern Senators Forum has removed Sen. Abdullahi Adamu as its chairman and announced Sen. Aliyu Wammako as his replacement. Adamu is a former Nasarawa governor while Wammako is a former Sokoto governor.

“This is to inform the Senate that the majority signatories of members of the Northern Senators Forum have removed Sen. Abdullahi Adamu as chairman of the Northern Senators Forum for financial mismanagement and misadministration,” said a letter by the Forum which was read at plenary on Wednesday by deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu.

“We announce his replacement with Senator Aliyu Wamakko immediately. Find the attached names and signatories of members,” the letter read.

Why it matters

Adamu’s removal is believed to be a fallout of the battle between the presidency and the national assembly over the sequence of the 2019 general elections. The national assembly recently amended the Electoral Act reordering the election sequence with the national assembly poll now expected to hold first and the presidential poll to come last.

The presidency is believed to be opposed to this new sequence. Last week, Adamu led nine other senators to condemn the new sequence and the protesting senators staged a walkout. Adamu also questioned the conduct of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in the passage process.

“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,” Adamu had said at a press briefing.

It is believed that Pres. Buhari would not assent to the amendments. However with an overwhelming majority of lawmakers in favour of the changes, it is expected that the national assembly would override Buhari’s veto unless a political solution is found before then.

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