The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has asked Senator Ahmad Lawan and Mr Femi Gbajabiamila to defend the independence of the National Assembly by congratulating them on their appearance as President of the Senate and President of the Ninth Assembly, respectively.
ADP in a congratulatory message from its National President, Engr. Yabagi Yusuf Sani extolled the maturity of all members of the National Assembly for the peaceful conduct of elections without failures or repression by the security forces.
The party commissioned Lawan and Gbajabiamila to prioritize service to the nation and unity of the country, stressing that it is important to defend the independence of the Senate and the House of Representatives, not allowing it to be violated by external forces.
“The National Assembly leaders owes 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 rumor 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 separation of powers detailed how all the arms of government must operate.”
ADP said for peaceful Assembly, all political parties that made the House composition must be treated fairly and be carried along, there must not be winner takes it all, which is capable of bringing internal rancor and stiff oppositions, it is our hope 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 life-changing impact on all sectors of the economy.