Tanko Yakasai, elder statesman and political adviser in the second Republic, has warned the All Progressives Congress (APC), not to insist on Senator Ahmed Lawan to replace Bukola Saraki as Senate President.
Lawan, who is the Senate Majority Leader, has been given the blessings of the APC to become the leader of the red chamber in the ninth Senate.
Yakasai, speaking with The Interview, said he expected the ruling party to have learnt from its mistakes.
“Well, they have been touting this idea for a long time. Remember when the current Senate was convened after the 2015 election, they wanted Ahmad Lawan to be the Senate president.
“It was the rupture in the party that led a chunk of party senators to team up with PDP senators to get Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu as president and deputy president of the Senate.
“What I am surprised about, I thought what happened to them in the last dispensation would have been a lesson for them to allow legislators to decide who should be their leaders.
“I worked with National Assembly for four years. I know the mindset of members of the National Assembly. They believe that they have their own mandate separate from the mandate of the President,” Yakasai said.