The Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Shehu Sani, on Monday warned that the rumpus within the governing party poses a threat to the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
The Senator, who spoke with reporters in Kaduna, said the APC had found itself in a tight corner with the National Assembly crisis, which he termed a post- revolutionary crisis.
“It is true that our party is facing a serious post-election crisis in terms of the challenge of uniting all APC senators. Mistakes were made but, naturally, all revolutions are always faced with post-revolutionary crises.
“And we are now facing our own post-revolutionary crisis and by the grace of God, we are going to overcome it.
“Those from PDP who thought that the division that exists within the ranks of the senators of the APC is an opportunity for them to re-establish themselves in power are making a very big mistake. We have a very big problem among ourselves but it is going to be addressed.
“I have to commend the effort of former President Olusegun Obasanjo in trying to reconcile both the Unity Forum led by Senator Lawan and the Like Minds led by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki. Such kind of reconciliation is needed for the party to make progress.
“Divisions within the senators, if not addressed, pose a serious threat to the government of President Muhammadu Buhari and his capacity to deliver. President Buhari needs APC senators to be united and in one voice and to also work collectively and in harmony with policies and programmes of the Muhammadu Buhari administration”.
The senator also debunked reports that the APC was moving to impeach Senator Ike Ekweremadu, describing the situation that led to his emergence as the Deputy Senate President as “unfortunate”.
On the economy, Sani said: “Change in Nigeria can only be of value if it makes meaning to the lives of the common people. Those common people who suffered for years, killed and used their thumbs to install us into power.
“We have been elected by the people on the promise of change and we will, by the grace of God, live up to that expectation.
“We are conscious of the high level of expectation on the side of the people as far as their aspiration and needs are concerned. We will do everything possible, despite the realities and challenges we are going to face to address these very issues.
“I will use this opportunity as a senator to identify with the need for all people in the position of power, whether Executive, Legislative or the Judicial arm of the state to make sacrifices towards reviving our own economy. I understand the outcry over our allowances, wages and salaries.
“Let me be very clear to you that I’m yet to receive even N1. And I’m yet to get alert from anybody and my own views on this remain proposition.
“I identify with all Nigerians who believe, or suggested that public office holders should make sacrifices so that the sacrifice could restore the economy.
“So I’m fully in support of these sacrifices that need to be made by lawmakers, particularly senators and members of the House of Representatives, governors and state legislatures.
“But I will also make it clear that impoverishing the legislature will not be the magic wand that will restore our economy back. All Nigerians must, in every respect, monitor budget and become vigilant and be an agent in the fight against corruption and then we can stop waste and improve the economy”.