OrderPaperToday – The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has explained why he lost to his predecessor, Bukola Saraki in 2015.
For him, God at the time, did not want him to become the country’s third citizen and when it was his time to emerge in 2019, he got an overwhelming support.
The senate president stated this on Tuesday while speaking with journalists at the occasion of his 62nd birthday.
Lawan said: “In 2015, you will recall when I wanted to be Senate President, and God in his wisdom decided, No. You are not going to be. Someone else will be. Then of course Senator Saraki became the President of the Senate.
“We believe in God. We worked together in the Senate for the benefit of our people and when in 2019, God said it is time, guess what? 109 Senators have the same mindset, the same attitudinal disposition to making Nigeria better, to working with the Executive arm of government for the betterment of our country.”
According to him, his intention at the National Assembly when he joined in 1999 was to serve for four years and leave but his people kept returning him as their representative.
This is against the backdrop of the perception that senators consider the red chamber a retirement home.
He said: “When I came to the National Assembly in 1999, I didn’t come to become a citizen of the National Assembly. I thought was coming to represent my people for four years and of course and maybe give a chance to another person to also try his her luck.
“Little did I know that 1999 will change the course of my life very tremendously. From 1999 as we all know here, I have been around at the National Assembly as a member of the National Assembly. This is something that one must thank almighty God for his blessings. As a human being, I owe humanity everything. I owe my people everything.
“What reason do I have not to represent my people well. I have no reason. To betray my people, I better leave because they have put so much trust in me. I have swore that I will never under any circumstance betray my people.”