- Tells Women Not To Lose Hope On Their Demands On Gender Bills
Ahead of 2023 polls, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should rather go around Nigeria between now and the general elections to ask for forgiveness over past failures and should not bother asking Nigerians for votes.
Lawan said the 16 years of PDP in power created so much damage that would only require them to seek forgiveness from the people and not their votes.
The Senate President said 2022 is a year of consolidation for APC administration in the light of the legion of ongoing projects, which would be commissioned during the year.
Lawan, in a statement by his Special Adviser(Media), Ola Awoniyi, spoke at Agasa in Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State at the commissioning of the Constituency projects of Senator Yakubu Oseni, who is representing Kogi Central Senatorial District at the Senate.
Lawan said: “The Year 2022 is a year of consolidation for APC administration across Nigeria.
“Since the arrival of this administration in 2015, so many projects are ongoing across the country including the second Niger bridge, which by the grace of God will be completed this year and will be commissioned by Mr. President.
“There are so many road projects that are ongoing. So many infrastructural development projects…This year, by the grace of God, we will complete these projects and President Muhammadu Buhari will go round the country either in person or virtually or in a representative capacity to commission these projects.
“So the best will be coming this year from the APC. Nobody should deceive anybody. When some people had 16 years, uninterrupted, they didn’t deliver. We have been around only for seven years, that is even less than half, and we have delivered more than they did in 16 years.
“I wouldn’t like to be too partisan but I know that some people have failed Nigeria in 16 years of their stay in charge of the government.
“If anything, what they need to do between now and when elections will hold is to go to every community in Nigeria and ask for forgiveness for their failure. Not to seek votes.
“To ask for votes is to show a complete lack of respect for Nigerians. The damage that was done in 16 years is still very much with us. We are still trying to work hard to ensure that we remedy the mess left for us to deal with.
“The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is coming to an end by 2023. The administration would have been eight years and by the grace of God we would have finished most of these legacy projects and another APC administration will come in 2023.
“This administration is doing everything possible to secure the lives and property of Nigeria. It has not been an easy task…The security situation of this country will be far better by the grace of God (before 2023). Our infrastructural development will have been far better and another APC administration will come and build on where Mr. President would have left.”
Meanwhile, Lawan has advised women not to lose hope in their demands for legislation on gender-related matters.
Speaking against the backdrop of some gender-related bills that recently failed to scale through at the National Assembly in the ongoing review being carried out on the 1999 Constitution, the President of the Senate made a strong case for the education of the girl child.
He said: “I know somebody will say gender bills have failed in the National Assembly. That is democracy. Let’s continue to lobby.
“We should continue to lobby because nobody will like to undermine anybody. Let’s not lose hope.
“Every male member in the National Assembly is a ‘He for She’ because I don’t think there is anybody who is not married in the National Assembly.
“We will continue to work together with gender-based organisations especially those that genuinely want to engage with members of the National Assembly because if you are not able to get something, if there is a failure, we should make it a political capital that tomorrow, we say, you were not able to do it yesterday, can you do it today. That will help us in ensuring that we get some of these hurdles out of the way.
“Most of us have our daughters as well. So we know that everybody is one way or the other connected to this struggle but we should not lose hope.”