Following the emergence of Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila as the Senate President and Speaker of the 9th National Assembly, the Action Democratic Party has called on the duo to uphold the independence of the National Assembly.
The party in a congratulatory message through its National Chairman, Yabagi Yusuf Sani lauded the maturity of all members of the National Assembly for the peaceful conduct of the election.
APD called on the leadership of the National Assembly to take the service to the nation and unity of the country as the priority.
It added that it is essential to uphold the independence of the Senate and House of Representatives by not allowing it to be hijacked by external forces.
“The National Assembly leaders owe all citizens of the country their loyalty and must work hard to change the perception that was already created during the electioneering campaign that they are out to do the bidding of their godfathers or whatever their party pushes as agenda.”
“ADP made reference to the widespread rumor that Senator Ahmad Lawan promised to pass a bill to make President Buhari a “Life President”, that such unpleasant and unconstitutional act of rumour should not be allowed to repeat itself because it is capable of creating tension, and chaos for the country, urging him to firmly refute such toxic allegation and always put the record straight.”
“The 8th Assembly led by Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon Yakubu Dogara has been adjudged as the best in the recent time by Nigerians and credible organizations across the world, this is because the House was perceived to be independent of the Executive grip, a standard has been set, and it is the hope and expectations of our party that this 9th Assembly will do better in all ramifications.”
“ADP will also like to point out that being independent doesn’t mean unnecessary rebellion to the executive good initiatives and lofty ideas capable of bringing peace, progress and unity to the country, executives should be supported on bills that will bring economic prosperity for Nigeria and it’s citizens.”
“The National Assembly should also be on alert to properly guide the executives led by President Buhari, to prevent excessive use of power or contravening of constitutional provisions, there must be checks and balance because the separation of powers detailed how all the arms of government must operate.”
The party stated that for a peaceful Assembly, all parties in the house should be treated fairly and carried along.
ADP stated that there must not be the winner takes it all which is capable of bringing internal rancour and stiff oppositions.
The party hopes that the new leadership of the National Assembly will not disappoint Nigerians.
The party urged all Nigerians home and abroad to be hopeful in the 9th Assembly, and pray to God to guide them right to pass bills that will have a life-changing impact on all sectors of the economy.