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Jonathan, PDP Caused Frosty Executive, NASS Relationship –Tambuwal

Posted: May 29, 2015 at 8:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By David Odama –  Abuja

 

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has blamed the ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan, the frosty relationship between the executive and the legislature for diverting and causing the nation to cringe in shame.

Tambuwal said that the power and the unity of purpose would have been broken if the legislatures were not conscious of the consequences of Jonathan’s actions and inaction while piloting the affairs of the country.

According to him, the attitude of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the ruling party, in trying to manipulate and stampede the legislature into submission, forced it into a cul-de-sac and occasioned the rancour between the two arms of government.

“I must say that the frosty relationship between the executive and the seventh House was an unnecessary distraction and a source of embarrassment to the nation. It was unwarranted that a ruling party with clear majority boxed itself into that situation.If the executive fails to recognize the independence of the legislature but was vehement in making the Assembly a rubber stamp; I would not hesitate to advised the incoming administration and indeed the APC to avert this unwholesome situation,” he declared.

Tambuwal who maintained that the legislature must be determine in its resolved to fulfill its obligations to the electorate added that the legislature must truly play its roles of checks and balances even when it is bound to experience friction with the other arms of government and interest groups who have broken the law or desire to break the law in the course of time.

While acknowledging the consequences of this friction between the two arms of government especially with the constitutional amendment impasse, the death of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), the former Speaker also boasted that the seventh assembly presided by him, was not tainted by allegations of corruption except in a couple of cases, three to be exact, out of which only one is yet to be given a clean bill.

He noted that “in rendering service to millions of people, I admit that I may have  stepped on some people either deliberately or otherwise,  I therefore ask for forgives for such offense. I assure you that I will forever cherish the tremendous goodwill extended to me these past four years and indeed to the institution of the House of Representatives,” he concluded.