PDP Congratulates New National Assembly Leadership

*Charges lawmakers to protect legislative independence, rule of law

From Chuks Okocha in Abuja

The
National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
has congratulated the 9th National Assembly for its successful
inauguration.

According to a statement issued by the party, PDP
also acknowledged the newly elected Senate President, Ahmed Lawan;
Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege; as well as the newly elected
Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, and Deputy Speaker Ahmed Wase.

PDP
backed candidates – Senator Ali Ndume and Hon. Umar Bago – had lost the
Senate presidency and the speakership, respectively, to the candidates
backed by the ruling All Progressives Congress on Tuesday.

While
commending all those who made the contest robust for helping to deepen
democratic practice, the PDP said it will always stand on the side of
decency and utmost respect for the institution of the National Assembly
and the values Nigerians hold as a people.

“Our party therefore
charges the federal lawmakers, as representatives of the people, to
place the welfare, wishes and aspirations of Nigerians above every other
considerations by ensuring a strong and independent legislature that
upholds the tenets of democracy and the dictates of our constitution.

“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.

“The
PDP reminds 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.

“Our party therefore charges the
legislature to 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.

“On our part, the PDP, as a
party, will remain truly committed to the welfare of Nigerians. We shall
continue to keep our focus on the quest for good governance, national
cohesion and economic well-being of the people, even as we pursue our
collective aspiration for the successful retrieval of our stolen
presidential mandate at the tribunal,” tte PDP said.

Source:- Thisdaylive

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