The leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has charged members of the National Assembly to collaborate with the executive arm of government in the overall interest of Nigerians.
The party gave the charge through its National Chairman, Senator Abdulahi Adamu, when the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, led some members of the Senate on Sallah homage to his Keffi residence in Nasarawa State.
Adamu said, “I congratulate you and your deputy on your emergence as the President of the Senate and Deputy President of the Senate, respectively. Your emergence was a great relief to the party. Contests for offices are over; it is now time for governance. There must be effective collaboration between the legislature and the executive in the overall interest of our people.
“Nigerians expect a lot through you and that can only be achieved through a united legislature and the executive working in sync in a bipartisan manner. As the President of the Senate and Chairman of the National Assembly, you have the knowledge, experience and what it takes for the two arms of government to work in harmony for the peace and development of our country.”
Earlier, Akpabio, who was accompanied to the Keffi home of the party chairman by the Deputy President of the Senate, Jibrin Barau, and senators Dave Umahi, Ali Ndume and Opeyemi Bamidele, expressed happiness for the opportunity to pay homage to Adamu, adding, “Sallah is a period to exchange love, which is what Islam enjoins us to do.”
He described the party chairman as a man of integrity who piloted the recent zoning arrangement in the National Assembly that produced results.
Akpabio said, “We are here to pay Sallah homage to a man of honour. To give respect to whom it is due. We thank the leadership of the party and the National Working Committee through you for the role you played, which led to the success of the National Assembly leadership elections. We also thank the Almighty Allah for keeping you alive and we pray that He keeps you alive in good health for more contributions to the development of the youth of this country.
“As I have been saying, the 10th National Assembly will support the President Bola Tinubu administration to succeed. We will put laws in place to support the Renewed Hope agenda of this administration in the overall interest of national peace, unity and development.”