- APC national chairman Oshiomhole says now that the party has taken over the 9th National Assembly it has no excuses for not fulfilling its electoral promises
- Oshiomhole assured Nigerians of improved security, better economy and overall prosperity now that the parliament is in the the hands of the ruling party
- The former Edo state governor also hinted at punishments for party members that went against it in the move to secure the National Assembly on Tuesday, June 11
The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has assured Nigerians that the ruling party would no longer offer excuses on why it has yet to fulfill any of its campaign promises now that it has taken over the country's parliament.
The Cable reports that Oshiomhole made the assurance on Tuesday, June 11 shortly after its preferred candidates emerged leaders of the two houses of legislature - Senate and House of Representatives.
He said: “We now have no excuse not to deliver on security, not to deliver on the economy and not to deliver on prosperity because that is what the ordinary man voted for and they are our constituents."
The former Edo state governor says with the results from the National Assembly polls on Tuesday, “we can’t say we are being blocked by the parliament”.
He added: “and I am happy that it has been settled.
“Nigerians with their eyes open gave the APC the executive, they also gave us overwhelming majority in the two arms of the National Assembly.
“And I think in doing that they also expect that this time around, APC would have no excuse not to deliver.
“We can’t say we are being blocked by the parliament; parliament is ours and those who don’t believe in change cannot be entrusted with the challenge of managing the change.
“And that is why I said we must give the position of responsibility to those who believe in our change agenda. So today, that has been translated."
Meanwhile, Oshiomhole had earlier vowed that party members who went against the ruling party's constitution in the just concluded National Assembly leadership election would be punished.
Oshiomhole said the APC had rules which must be obeyed in line with the rules of democracy. Speaking on Tuesday, June 11, after the National Assembly elections, Oshiomhole said the party's leadership will look into the cases of members who were deviant and figure out what the constitution says about their actions.
Legit.ng also reported on Tuesday that former majority leader, Ahmad Lawan was elected senate president by his colleagues. He garnered 79 votes to defeat Ali Ndume, who got 28 votes.
Ovie Omo-Agege polled 68 votes to defeat former deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who got 37 votes.
Femi Gbajabiamila emerged Speaker of the House of Representatives after beating Umaru Bago, while Idris Wase was elected deputy speaker of the house unopposed.
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