Ahead of the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly and election of Presiding officers, Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Yobe North has called for use of open ballot system to elect presiding officers.
Senator Lawan and his team, has intensified his campaign strategy to actualize his aspiration for the position of Senate President, by taking the awareness and drumming to media houses in the nation’s capital, Abuja.
The Senate leader makes use of his visits to the media houses to canvass for the use of open ballot system to elect the presiding officers against the backdrop that open ballot system being used globally for elections in the parliament is what majority of the federal lawmakers- elect are canvassing for and should be adopted.
Senator Lawan and his supporters visited the headquarters of Daily Trust, Leadership and Blueprint, where he agitated for use of open ballot system to elect presiding officers.
His word, “in line with parliamentary practices globally, open and transparent model of election must be used for election of presiding officers of the 9th National Assembly, next month.
“In 2007 and 2011 at the inauguration of the 6th and 7th Senate, that was the mode of election adopted where all elected senators, answered their fathers’ names and that is what is expected to be adopted.”
Re-echoing what Senator Lawan said on open balloting after the courtesy visit, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, said, “What majority of us are saying is that on that day, we want voting to be open, no secret balloting. It is as simple and plain as that, because every Assembly that comes dies at the end of its tenure, and when a new one comes in, the Assembly has a new life and right to adopt what it wants to do. Those of us coming on board the 9th Senate want open voting.”
Senator Lawan was accompanied by Senators Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC Niger North), Ovie Omo- Agege (Delta Central), Solomon Adeola Olamilekan (Lagos West), Jibrin Barau (Kano North), Ahmed Baba Kaita (Katsina North) and Sani Musa (Niger East), Isa Jibrin (Kogi East), and Abdullahi Gumel (Jigawa North West) among others.