BY CHIBUZO UKAIBE,
Bayelsa State governor and chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, has charged the newly elected leadership of the National Assembly to secure the independence of the legislature in accordance with democratic ethos. Dickson in a statement also charged the new leadership to ensure that the rights of Nigerians are defended and well protected.
The governor gave the charge in the forum’s congratulatory message following Tuesday’s inauguration of the national legislature and the election of Senators Ahmed Lawan as Senate President and Ovie OmoAgege as Deputy Senate President. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and Ahmed Wase were also respectively elected Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The governor was quoted by his Special Adviser on Public Affairs, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, as saying that what transpired in the National Assembly on Tuesday was democracy in action. He urged them to be conscious of the fact that they have emerged at a trying time in the nation’s democracy.
Governor Dickson said the leadership and indeed the National Assembly must strive at all times to uphold national unity and cohesion. “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.