ABUJA, Nigeria – Vice President Kashim Shettima, former representative of Borno Central in the ninth National Assembly, has appealed to Senators elect to resist financial inducements from certain aspirants in anticipation of the inauguration of the National Assembly on Tuesday, June 13, 2023.
His plea, made during a valedictory session held by the Red Chamber on Saturday, June 10, 2023, follows allegations of financial incentivization of lawmakers by aspirants vying for the position of Senate President.
The zoning template of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the announcement of favored candidates have reportedly upset federal lawmakers, who accuse the ruling party of attempting to impose its chosen candidates for the leadership of both chambers of Parliament.
Several senators have openly rejected the proposed pairing of Senators Godswill Akpabio (South-South) and Barau Jibrin (North-West).
Those opposed include former Zamfara State Governor and Senator-elect, Abdul Aziz Yari; Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu; Senator Sani Musa representing Niger East, and Senator-elect, Osita Izunaso of Imo West.
Speaking on the floor of the Red Chamber, Shettima emphasized the importance of prioritizing the stability of the nation over individual gain.
“The stability of this nation is superior to the stability of our pockets. On Tuesday, let us vote wisely. Let us vote for the Nigerian nation,” he said.
First Lady and Senator Oluremi Tinubu also addressed the chamber, thanking her colleagues for their contributions to the nation’s development and sharing her personal experiences.
She emphasized the sacrifices necessary to serve the nation, which often include personal and familial commitments.
Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, former Abia State governor and Chief Whip of the 9th Senate, thanked his colleagues for supporting him during his conviction and time at the Kuje Correctional Center in Abuja.
He maintained his innocence and expressed regret over his ordeal.