By Jonathan Nda-Isaiah
Senate President Ahmed Lawan yesterday visited Vice -President Yemi Osinbajo reiterating his earlier stance that the red chamber under his watch will not be a rubber stamp.
Lawan who spoke to State House correspondents after the meeting, added that the parliament is an aggregate or an assemblage of people that have equal status.
He explained that being elected as Senate President does not mean that he is the boss of the other Senators saying his job is simply to coordinate and aggregate views and lead debates.
He said ” a parliament is not a primary school or a secondary school where you gave a headmaster or principal that will dictate to his students.
“Parliament is an aggregate or an assemblage of people that have equal status. Being elected as Senate President does not mean that I’m the boss of the other Senators. I’m simply to coordinate and aggregate views and lead debates.
Whoever is in the majority, that will be the deck on if 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 twenty years to that.
“But on thing I must tell you is that while the desire to remain sufficiently on our track, we will ensure that oversight function is properly carried out but we will cooperate fully and give total support to the administration to ensure that there is good governance.
There is no need for any fear that we will be a rubber stamp National Assembly. Perhaps and probably with time Nigeria will come to see that what we desire and what will happen by the grace of God will be a working relationship that endear the entire administration and government to the people if Nigeria. So there is no cause for alarm,” the senate president added.
On his visit to Osinbajo, he said ” We have come to pay courtesy and thank you visit to His Excellency, the Vice President for the support and all the interventions he made during the contest for the office of the Senate President, the Deputy Senate President, the Speaker and even the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.
“This is an opportunity for us to also discuss the type of Senate and of course the National Assembly that should be expected in the Ninth National Assembly.”
As the new National Assembly leaders entered last week, Lawan pointed out that they received a bi-partisan mandate from across the parties.
According to him” The PDP, the YPP voted for us and we believe that this is the time and opportunity for us to consolidate the kind of support that we received across the political parties that we received in the National Assembly.
“We believe that we must remain united in the National Assembly; we must remain focused for us to be able to deliver those legislative interventions that would be necessary for good governance in the country.
“We also believe that we must have a relationship with the executive arm of government that is based on cooperation and collaboration. It is our desire in the Ninth National Assembly to work seamlessly with the executive arm of government because we believe that Nigerians did not make a mistake for voting for the executive as presently constituted and the legislature as it is today.
So, we are in it together with the executive arm of government to work in such a fashion to be able to deliver those democracy dividends that Nigerians need today.
It is our desire also to ensure that whoever is appointed by the executive arm of government performs his or her functions optimally. We will ensure that we provide those enablers that will make them perform but we also expect them to work hard to ensure that Mr. President and this administration leave the kind of legacies that we all desire,” he added.
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