– Ahmad Lawan says the legislature is willing to work effectively with the executive
– However, the Senate president insisted that the legislature will not be a rubber stamp of the executive
– According to him, this would help in delivering democracy dividends that Nigerians needed
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday, June 20, at the presidential villa, Abuja had a private meeting with the newly elected Senate president, Ahmad Lawan.
Lawan, who fielded questions from State House correspondents afterwards, said the courtesy visit was to thank the vice president for the support and all the interventions he made during the contest for leadership of the 9th Assembly.
According to Lawan, the mandate given to the new leadership of the National Assembly cuts across all political parties, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
“As new National Assembly, we have received a bipartisan mandate from across the parties.
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Young Progressives Party (YPP) voted for us and we believe that this time an opportunity to consolidate the support that we received across the political parties in the National Assembly.
“We believe that we must remain united in the National Assembly; we must remain focused for us to be able to deliver those legislative interventions that are necessary for good governance in the country.
“We also believe that we must foster relationship with the Executive Arm of government that is based on cooperation and collaboration.’’
He said it was the desire of the leadership of the 9th Assembly to work seamlessly with the executive arm of government in such a fashion that would deliver the democracy dividends that Nigerians needed.
Lawan dismissed fears that the leadership of the 9th Assembly would be a rubber stamp of the executive as the parliament was made up representatives of the people.
“My comment is that parliament is not a primary school or secondary school where you have a headmaster or a principal that will dictate to his students.
“Those who know what parliament is know that it is an aggregate or an assemblage of people who have equal status.
“Being elected as the Senate president does not mean that I am the boss of other senators; I am simply to co-ordinate and lead and aggregate views and lead debates,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, has come under criticism following his appointment of Festus Adedayo as special adviser on media and publicity.
Adedayo has reportedly been a staunch critic of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and the ruling All Progressives Congress.
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