Lawan Warns Senators Against Talking ‘Too Much’ To The Press

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has warned the law makers to stop talking much to the press in order not to misled the public.

According to Lawan, once an issue has been decided, any lawmaker who is dissatisfied should approach his colleagues and convinced them.

Senate President Lawan made the warning while speaking on a complaint by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, who faulted the interview the Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, granted to Channels Television on Tuesday night.

Deputy Senate President Omo-Agege claimed that Abaribe alleged in the interview that the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senators conspired to shortchange the host communities in a proposed five percent to three percent in the Petroleum Industry Bill that was passed on July 1 2021 and signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Omo-Agege who denied there was a time the APC Senators conspired to reduce the five per cent equity share approved for the host communities in the joint committee’s report to three per cent, said it was a collective decision of the Senate.

But reacting on the issue in the absence of Minority Leader Eyinnaya Abaribe, Senate President Ahmad Lawan said members of the 9th Senate do not vote along party lines, called on the Senators to talk less to the press.

Lawan said: “When the Senate take a decision, we should inform the public correctly because it is our duty to give the correct information to the public.

“I will encourage us to talk less to the Press on ways that will give the Press a wrong impression. We should concentrate more on talking to our colleagues in the Senate.”

“I would have loved to give the Minority Leader an opportunity to speak but this is a matter of privilege. I hope all of u have learnt a lesson or two from this.

“There is no point giving wrong information because we never vote along party lines,” Lawan said.

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