The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has expressed concern over what be described as uninformed disturbance and nuisance, as he claimed Nigerians sent him over 900 text messages in the wake of the electoral reforms.
On Tuesday, Switch Nigeria reported that Senators Gaya and Goje were planning to bring to the floor of the House of Senate an electoral act amendment that will remove electronic transmission of results.
As reported, former People’s Democratic Party youth leader, Deji Adeyanju displayed the phone numbers of the two Senators, asking Nigerians to call, text and chat them, letting them know what they think of the move.
On Wednesday, Lawan cried out against the disturbances he and his House of Representatives counterpart, Femi Gbajabiamila faced.
Lawan said, “On the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, there are various accusations, insinuations that the leadership of the Senate, sometimes, the leadership of the National Assembly had tampered with the report of the committee on INEC of both chambers.
“Some of those accusing the leadership of the National Assembly and misinformed innocent, some are simply mischievous and rabble-rousers.
“This is the first time the report is laid here and this is the report of the committee. This is the decision of the committee on INEC and therefore, whatever would be discussed or considered about the bill will be on the basis of what has been presented to the committee here.”
“If anybody feels strongly about any thing, he or she, should meet the senators to canvass for their positions rather than blackmailing our leadership.”
“This is because my telephone lines and that of the Speaker were published and on one day, I received over 900 text messages saying that we have manipulated the report whereas, we did not. We will do what is right. We have our procedures and lobbying is part of democracy.”