Ahmed Lawan, Senate President, has defended the relationship between the current senate and the executive arm.
The national assembly has faced criticism from Nigerians who believe legislators allow the executive have its way every time rather than working for the interest of the country.
However, Lawan, who was a special guest at the commissioning of New Evans Ewerem Way in Imo State, on Friday, noted that the two arms of government are working together to ensure that the dividends of democracy are delivered to Nigerians.
“We in the National Assembly have been working with the veto arm of the government, so far, so good. We do so consciously, we do so purposefully, we do so patriotically because we believe that both arms of government are voted in to serve the people.
“And where we will have to disagree with the veto arm of government, we’ll do so. We have done so before and if it becomes necessary to do so, we will do it again”, he said.
Lawan added: “But where we have no cause to differ, where we have no cause to say ‘No!’ we will not differ and we will not say no because that is what will serve the people of this country.
“We don’t care if the opposition will say ‘this rubber stamp assembly,’ you had an assembly that never saw anything good in working together, what did the people get, nothing.
“As a person, as the chairman of the National Assembly, as the president of the Senate, I don’t care if you say what we do is rubber stamp but you know inside you, inside your heart, that we are not Rubber stamp; we are there to make sure that the people of this country get the best deal from the government that they vote in.”