The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the new leadership of the National Assembly to ensure strong and independent legislature that upholds the tenets of democracy and the dictates of the constitution.
The main opposition party also charged the newly inaugurated lawmakers to place the welfare, wishes and aspirations of Nigerians above every other consideration.
“The 9th National Assembly, therefore, must work hard to save our nation from the prevailing despondency caused by the misrule of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, by effectively applying its statutory legislative instruments to guarantee good governance and fiscal prudence, curb corruption, check the excesses of the executive and protect the rights of Nigerians from incessant violations,” Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary, stated.
The party said it would always stand on the side of decency and utmost respect for the institution of the National Assembly and the values of the Nigerian people.
It reminded the National Assembly members to bear in mind that their allegiance is to the people and the constitution and not to any particular leader or group.
According to the party, the legislature should “work only in the interest of our nation and resist the manipulations and pressure that might come from quarters that seek to undermine our democratic order.”
PDP pledged to remain truly committed to the welfare of Nigerians, adding, “We shall continue to keep our focus on the quest for good governance, national cohesion and economic wellbeing of the people, even as we pursue our collective aspiration for the successful retrieval of our stolen presidential mandate at the tribunal.”
The party commended every other contestant to the presiding officer positions of the National Assembly, noting that they “made the contest robust for helping to deepen our democratic practice.”
PDP had adopted Senator Ali Ndume and Hon. Umar Mohammed Bago as President of the Senate and Speaker of House of Representatives respectively.
Unlike what played out in the 8th Assembly, the party failed to deliver its preferred candidates.
Also, PDP senator, Ike Ekweremadu failed in his bid to retain his position as Deputy President of the Senate.
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