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Ex Nigerian Vice President Congratulates New NASS Leaders



Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday congratulated the newly elected leaders of the National Assembly, admonishing them to see their elections beyond the narrow interests of respective political parties.The former Vice President in a press statement issued by his media office noted that with the elections of its presiding officers, the 8th?National Assembly should swing to work and put the overall national interest beyond the personal political interests of its members.??

The Turaki Adamawa said that with the election of its presiding officers, the 8th?National Assembly has prepared the ground work for a full legislative business.Atiku, while congratulating the new leaders of the parliament on their election, reminded every member of both the Senate and the House of Representatives of their responsibilities to their constituents, which, he said,?is to put national interest before their individual political interest.?Irrespective of the political mix through which the presiding officers emerged, he noted,?the 8th?National Assembly should never lose focus of its role as a partner in progress with the other arms of government, especially the executive arm.?”The Nigerian people look up to the new National Assembly to work with the executive arm in finding solutions to the problems of insecurity, poverty, illiteracy and joblessness in the country.

Their election is indeed a call to duty, and it is a call for which they cannot afford to fail the nation.?APC fumes, vows to reclaim seats from Saraki, DogaraThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as totally unacceptable and the highest level of indiscipline and treachery the conduct of Tuesday’s inauguration of the National Assembly that led to the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon Yakubu Dogara as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, respectively.”Senator Bukola and Hon. Dogara are not the candidates of the APC and a majority of its National Assembly members-elect for the positions of Senate President and House Speaker. The party duly met and conducted a straw poll and clear candidates emerged for the posts of Senate President, Deputy Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, supported by a majority of all Senators-elect and members-elect of the House of Representatives.

All National Assembly members-elect who emerged on the platform of the party are bound by that decision.?”The party is supreme and its interest is superior to that of its individual members,” the party said in a statement issued in Abuja Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.?”Consequently, the APC leadership is meeting in a bid to reestablish discipline in the party and to mete out the necessary sanctions to all those involved in what is nothing but a monumental act of indiscipline and betrayal to subject the party to ridicule and create obstacles for the new administration ” it added.

APC decried a situation in which some people, based on nothing but inordinate ambition and lack of?discipline and loyalty, will enter into an unholy alliance with the very same people whom the party and indeed the entire country worked hard to replace and sell out the hard won victory of the Party.?”There can be no higher level of treachery, disloyalty and insincerity within any party,” the party said, vowing to resolve the matter using all constitutional and legal means available to it.?Meanwhile, the APC has asked all its loyal Senators-elect to please report to the Senate to be sworn-in in order to discharge their constitutional duties.

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