PDP govs congratulate new NASS leadership

***urge 9th assembly to defend independence

The Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum has congratulated the newly elected leadership of the National Assembly.

In a statement made available to the media in Abuja on Wednesday, Chairman of the forum and Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Dickson, urged them to guarantee the independence of the legislature in accordance with democratic ethos.

He also charged the new leadership to ensure that the rights of Nigerians are defended and well protected.

Dickson gave the charge in the forum’s congratulatory message following Tuesday’s inauguration of the national legislature and the election of Senators Ahmed Lawan as Senate President and Ovie Omo-Agege as Deputy Senate President.

Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and Ahmed Wase were also respectively elected Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.

According to the statement signed by Special Adviser on Public Affairs to the forum’s boss, Dickson said what transpired in the National Assembly on Tuesday was democracy in action.

He urged them to be conscious of the fact that they have emerged at a trying time in the nation’s democracy.

Dickson said the leadership and indeed the National Assembly must strive at all times to uphold national unity and cohesion.

His stated: “On behalf of the PDP governors, I congratulate the new leadership of the National Assembly. I urge them to strive to defend the independence of the legislature and to protect the rights of Nigerians.

“If the independence of the legislature is lost, then our democracy would have lost all meaning. The legislators should seek to protect both chambers as well as the rights of Nigerians. They have the responsibility to protect the Nigerian people against all forms of arbitrariness and abuses.

“The legislators should do their utmost to further the stability and unity of the country while working hard to deepen our fledgling democracy. The principal officers have assumed these high positions at a trying time in our nation’s democracy. This reality must not be lost on them.”

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