By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA — National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC has enjoined the incoming members of the House of Representatives elected on the party’s platform to work for the good of the people of the country.
Similarly, the Speaker, House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal and former Governor of Anambra State, Senator Chris Ngige, also asked the members-elect to see their election as opportunity to better the lots of Nigerians through people-oriented laws when are eventually sworn in.
The APC chieftains spoke at the 2015 Retreat for the APC members of the House of Representatives.
In his welcome address, the national chairman of the party reminded the members that having identified with APC, they were to act as agents of change even as he told them to brace up for the challenges that would confront them as federal lawmakers in the National Assembly.
He said: “I welcome you most sincerely. We spoke yesterday. So, there is very little I have to add except to say that you are the torch bearers of this administration. You are the agents of change of this administration. Yesterday, I told you about the great challenges that our nation faces.
“When we went round the country campaigning and preaching the gospel of change, you could see all of you here who contributed to that victory, each and everyone of you through the process of delivering his constituency contributed to making us today the APC, the most vibrant party in the whole of Africa and the incoming government of the federal republic of Nigeria.”
Also speaking on the topic “Relationship Between the Party, Executive and Legislature,” the outgoing speaker of the House of Representatives, Tambuwal who was represented by his Special Adviser on Legal and Legislative Matters, enjoined the incoming parliamentarians to learn from the frosty relationship that existed between the PDP National Assembly lawmakers on one hand and the PDP-led Federal Government on the other hand, warning that the incoming government of APC should not repeat the same mistakes.
Ngige and Abubakar Baraje, chieftains of the party, who were both discussants at the events told the new members to always ensure that there exists a cordial relationship between them and their political party.