Action Democratic Party (ADP) has congratulated Senator Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila as Senate president and Speaker of the 9th Assembly respectively.
ADP, in a congratulatory message in Abuja, yesterday, by its National Chairman, Engr. Yabagi Yusuf Sani, hailed the maturity of all members of the National Assembly for the peaceful conduct of the election without fracas or clamp down by security forces.
Sani charged both Lawan and Gbajabiamila to take service to the nation and unity of the country as priority, stressing that it was important to uphold the independence of the Senate and House of Representatives by not allowing them to be hijacked by external forces.
“The National Assembly leaders owe all citizens of the country their loyalty and must work hard to change the perception that was already created during the electioneering campaign that they are out to do the bidding of their godfathers or whatever their party pushes as agenda.
“The National Assembly should also be on alert to properly guide the executive, led by President Buhari, to prevent excessive use of power or contravening of constitutional provisions. There must be checks and balance because separation of powers details how all the arms of government must operate.
“The 8th Assembly led by Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon. Yakubu Dogara had been adjudged as the best in recent times by Nigerians and credible organizations across the world, this is because the House was perceived to be independent of the executive grip.
“A standard has been set, and it is the hope and expectations of our party that this 9th Assembly will do better in all ramifications,” he said.