The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the victory of its candidates at the election of principal officers of the ninth National Assembly is a triumph of democracy and party politics over 16 years of anti-democratic rule of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC National Publicity Secretary, said this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
“It is triumph of internal democracy, anchored on consensus building, to which we lay claim, over anti-democratic methods that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had foisted on our democracy over 16 years.
“We are deeply humbled by the honour bestowed on our great party,” he said.
He congratulated President, Muhammadu Buhari, the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, its governors, stakeholders and members on the success of the election.
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Sen. Ahmad Lawan emerged as President of the Senate and Chairman of the National Assembly while Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege emerged as Deputy President of the Senate.
Femi Gbajabiamila and Idris Wase emerged as Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.
He added that while the party’s members were entitled to savour this victory, they should avoid pettiness and continue to stretch hands of fellowship to progressive forces in other political parties and groups.
This, Issa-Onilu said, was critical to consolidate the country’s democracy.
“We must recommit to cooperation between the Executive and Legislative arms of government; the support of the National Assembly remains critical as an arm of government,”he said.
This, he said, was necessary to enable the APC-led administration to continue to deliver on its infrastructure scheme in the country, to boost economic development.
According to him, more synergy between the Executive and the Legislature will also boost the fight against corruption and give more impetus to national reorientation and the efforts to secure the nation.
He said there was, therefore, need to make a new start and move forward to address the country’s challenges.
He stressed that the 9th National Assembly must immediately address itself to delivering critical legislative interventions.
He said it would enable the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to succeed for the benefit of Nigerians.
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He added that this was critical to ensure the smooth running of government.
He congratulated National Assembly members on the platform of the APC on their inauguration after their victories in the 2019 National Assembly elections.
He also applauded the electorate nationwide, whose representatives in both chambers of the National Assembly had entrusted the leadership of the legislature in the hands of APC members.