Majority nay votes from senators elected under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday silenced a motion on President Muhammadu Buhari’s June 12, Nigeria’s Democracy Day speech.
The motion moved by Senator Istifanus Dung Gyang (PDP, Plateau), had wanted the lawmakers to debate the speech delivered by the president, during the Democracy Day event at the Eagles Square, Abuja.
Gyang, moving the motion had said, “The motion has to do with the speech by President Muhammadu Buhari on Democracy Day. The speech is already in the public domain and had generated a lot of interest.”
In his response, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, put the motion to voice votes and majority of the voices, believed to be those of the majority APC senators, rejected the motion.
“The nays have it,” Lawan then ruled.
Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had described Buhari’s speech as being full of false claims. Several other reactions have continued to trail claims the President made in the speech, especially on security, economy and fight against corruption.
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