Former chairman of the Labour Party (LP), Dan Nwanyanwu, yesterday called on members of the National Assembly to settle down to business and make laws that would impact positively on Nigerians.
Nwanyanwu, who described as punitive the interrogation of some senators by the Nigerian Police over the alleged forgery of Senate Rules, urged the security agencies to stop interfering in the functions of the National Assembly. He also asked President Muhammadu Buhari to call them to order.
Speaking at the fifth edition of Sharing Passion, Home Away from Home Forum, with the theme, “Rebuilding our Integrated Personality: The Legislative Environment,” the former LP chieftain said a political party that dictates for members who to elect as speaker or principal officers in parliament would simply be over-reaching itself.
“I am a firm believer in the right of the two chambers of the National Assembly to elect people to preside over them, not being dictated to by anybody or political party,” he said. “I am an advocate of party supremacy, but there is a thin line between party supremacy and dictatorship.
“Party supremacy has nothing to do with dictating to members of the National Assembly how to do their job, it has to do with members of the National Assembly supporting motions or bills that touch on their manifestoes to impact positively on the people.”
According to him, “the lawmakers should stop the infighting among them because that is not why Nigerians sent them there. They are there to do the business of governance, of making laws that would help restore the economy, revamp the moribund industries, create jobs and make our refineries work so that we stop importation of petroleum products and dubious payments called subsidy.”
He urged the ruling All Progressives Congress to put its house in order and begin to implement its campaign promises to Nigerians.