The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum has charged the newly elected officials of the National Assembly to ensure that the legislature is independent and the rights of Nigerians are defended and well protected.
In a congratulatory message by the chairman of the forum, Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, they urged the new leadership to guarantee the independence of the legislature in accordance with democratic ethos.
Dickson said the leadership and the National Assembly must strive at all times to uphold national unity and cohesion.
He said: “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.”
During Tuesday’s inauguration of the 9th National Assembly, Senators Ahmed Lawan was elected Senate President and Ovie Omo-Agege, Deputy Senate President.
Femi Gbajabiamila and Ahmed Wase were also respectively elected Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.