Buhari will not interfere in NASS leadership election, says aide

OrderPaperToday – The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang has assured that President Muhammadu Buhari will not meddle in the affairs of the legislature when electing the leadership of the 9th National Assembly.

Enang was speaking in reaction to a statement made by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta) who said “Buhari will be “actively involved’’ in the process.

In an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, Etang stressed that President Buhari is a “man of high principles” who wants “each arm of government should function according to what the constitution says.”

The Presidential aide continued: “And that every person in government should do the right thing and that he will not go beyond what the constitution allows him.

“He believes that every other arm of government should stick to their constitutional responsibilities.’’

These comments are followed by reports and move by ranking All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator who have started lobbying their way into being part of the principal officers of the next assembly.

APC currently holds a higher number of seats in the red chamber with 65 senators-elect while it’s main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has 37 from the February 23 National Assembly election.

Also, in the House of Representatives, the APC has 211 seats, while the PDP got 111 slots .

Enang also addressed issue of concern on the large number of “over 43 greenhorns”, coming into the red chamber in relation to their level of productivity.

He said: “The SSA said there was no such thing as “greenhorn’’ as far as members of the National Assembly were concerned, adding that he expected the Ninth Assembly to be robust.

“Some of them are coming with extra wisdom and knowledge from their different backgrounds. So, we expect a robust legislature. We give them all the respect, we value them, we welcome them, treasure them. The executive respects them across party lines.

“For the executive, every senator or member of the House of Representatives, irrespective of their political party, is a legislator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

”We want to relate with all of them equally. So, there is no greenhorn. They are simply distinguished senators and honourable members.”

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