Nigeria’s 10th National Assembly gets leaders
Nigeria’s Senate and House of Representatives on Wednesday voted the duo of Senator Godswill Akpabio and Hon. Tajudeen Abbas as the President and Speaker for the 10th National Assembly (NASS).
Both said their priorities were to work with the executive arm of government to build a strong economy, improve national security and check executive lawlessness.
Akpabio defeated Abdulaziz Yari with 17 votes to emerge as the 15th Senate President while Abbas polled 353 votes against Hon. Ahmed Wase and Aminu Sani Jaji who got three votes each.
In his victory speech, Senator Akpabio promised to be fair to all the members of the National Assembly and other Nigerians.
He said it was a historic moment for him, adding that he would discharge the responsibilities of the office with utmost dedication, integrity, and fairness.
Tinubu requests for collaboration
Meanwhile, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu congratulated the newly elected leaders of the 10th National Assembly and told them to collaborate with the executive in order to deliver good governance for the Nigerian people.
In a statement he personally signed, President Tinubu expressed his confidence in their abilities and urged them to fulfill their responsibilities with utmost dedication.
“The election of Distinguished Senator Godswill Akpabio and Rt. Honourable Tajudeen Abbas as the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 10th National Assembly is a good development. I heartily congratulate them,” President Tinubu remarked.
The president further acknowledged the triumphs of Jibril Barau, who emerged deputy Senate President, and Benjamin Kalu, who emerged as the House of Representatives Deputy Speaker.
Tinubu, however, emphasised the weighty responsibility that comes with their positions.
“Being elected by their peers as presiding officers and assuming the leadership of the National Assembly is a great honour that comes with huge responsibility. I trust that you will justify the confidence reposed in you by your members and many Nigerians,” President Tinubu affirmed.
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