Senate President dismisses insinuation of executive control

Cyril Okonkwo, Abuja

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Senate President, Ahmed Lawan

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has dismissed insinuation that his leadership of the 9th National Assembly would make the legislature a rubber stamp of the executive.

He said he will ensure that oversight function is properly carried out.

Senator Lawan stated this on Wednesday while speaking with State House correspondents after he met with Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

Lawan assured Nigerians that there was nothing to fear about the relationship between the executive and legislature as both would work to provide good governance to the people.

“Those who know what parliament is, knows that it is an aggregate or an assemblage of people who have equal status. 

“Being elected as the Senate President does not mean that I’m the boss of other senators.

“I’m simply to co-ordinate, lead and aggregate views and lead debates, and whoever is in the majority that would be the decision of the Senate appropriately and accordingly. 

“So, there will be nothing like rubber stamp.  So far, I have never seen a National Assembly that had a rubber stamp leadership and I have been around for 20 years to know if there was one,” he assured.

He further stated that, “But one thing I must tell you is that, while we desire to remain sufficiently on our track, we must ensure that our oversight function is properly carried out.

“But we would cooperate fully and give full support to the administration to ensure that there is good governance. There is no need for any fear that there would be a rubber stamp National Assembly.” 

Senator Lawan said Nigerians would see, with time, that there would be a good working relationship that would endear the present administration to the people of Nigeria.

Bipartisan mandate
The Senate President said that he received a bipartisan mandate from parties during the election of principal officers of the Senate and would consolidate on the support.

“As new National Assembly, we have received a bipartisan mandate from across the parties. 

“The PDP, the YPP voted for us and we believe that this is time and opportunity to consolidate the support that we received across the political parties.

“We believe that we must remain united in the National Assembly and must remain focused for us to be able to deliver those legislative interventions that are necessary for good governance in the country,” the Senate President stated.

Seamless relationship
Lawan said the relationship between the executive and the 9th National Assembly would be one based on cooperation and collaboration.

“It is our desire in the 9th National Assembly; we would work seamlessly with the executive arm of government because Nigerians did not make a mistake in voting for the executive as it is presently constituted and the legislature as it is today. 

“So, we are in it together with the executive arm of government and we will work in such a fashion that we would be able to deliver those democracy dividends that Nigerians need today.

“It is our desire to ensure that whoever is appointed by the executive arm of government performs his or her functions optimally. 

“We would ensure that we provide the enablers that will make them perform, but we also expect them to work hard to ensure that the president and this administration leave the kind of legacies that we all desire,” Senator Lawan said.

He added that his visit to the State House was to thank the Vice President for his support and interventions during the elections of principal officers of the National Assembly.

 

Sammie Idika