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Femi Gbajabiamila Pledges House’s Loyalty To Presidency

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has pledged his loyalty to the Executive arm of Nigerian Government, stating that it is better not to fight the arm.
This came as a response to critics who criticised him for leading a administration which is rubber-stamped to the Presidency. During a meeting with members of his constituency in Surulere, Lagos State yesterday, he declared that it is better to be rubber stamp than fight the executive because that wasn’t what he was elected to do.Femi Gbajabiamila Pledges House's Loyalty To Presidency
Femi Gbajabiamila emphasised that the 9th National Assembly is committed to protecting the interests of the people through diligent discharge of its legislative duties and that is what his administration is doing. He further added that there will be checks and balances of the individual arms of government, despite being glued to each other.
People, critics and members of other parties have said the 9th Assembly is a rubber stamp of the executive. You know my reply when they say that to you? Tell them that you would rather have a rubber stamp National Assembly that will bring progress than the one that is fighting the executive without progress.Femi Gbajabiamila Pledges House's Loyalty To Presidency
This is because when two elephants fight, the grass suffers. This is not a rubber stamp National Assembly; this is a National Assembly that represents the people and is committed to their interests.
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The people of Surulere did not elect me to fight the executive, but to engage and collaborate with stakeholders to bring the dividends of democracy. This is a new dispensation. There will be checks and balances. There will be separation of powers. We will agree with the executive if we have to and we will disagree if we have to. Our watchword is to protect the interests of the Nigerian people. That is the oath that my colleagues and I swore to.”Photos Credit: Getty

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