The National Working Committee, NWC, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has congratulated the 9th National Assembly for its successful inauguration charging members to uphold the rule of law.
The party also congratulated the newly elected leaders of both chambers.
Recall that Senators Ahmad Lawan and Ovie Omo-Agege emerged President and Deputy President of the upper chamber while Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila and Mr. Ahmed Idris Wase were elected Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the lower chamber during the inauguration of the 9th Assembly on Tuesday.
The PDP, in a press statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, commended all those that made the contest robust saying they have helped to deepen the democratic practice in Nigeria.
The party pledged to “always stand on the side of decency and utmost respect for the institution of the National Assembly and the values we hold as a people.”
Furthermore, it said: “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 reminded the Assembly members to bear in mind that their allegiance is to the people and the constitution and not to any particular leader or group.
“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,” the party said.