APC Denies Directing Its Members In NASS From Attending Plenary Sessions

January 28 22:01 2014 Print This Article

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that it did not stop its members in the National Assembly from attending and participating in the activities at the floors of both the Senate and the House of Representative, insisting that their contributions on the floor “will help swing things one way or the other”.

The party was reacting to the media reports on Tuesday that its Senators flouted the party’s directive to its members in the National Assembly to withdraw co-operation with the Executive until the restoration of law and order in Rivers, saying such report was misleading.

In a statement issued in Lagos by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said the reports were borne out of the gross misunderstanding of filibustering as a veritable democratic tool to impede legislation by obstructive tactics.

The party said it was fully aware that its members in the Senate would attend the screening of the military chiefs, ”just as we are sure they will be part of any debate on the issue, and we have no problems with that. After all they were elected to attend the National Assembly sessions and fully participate in its activities. But their contributions will help swing things one way or the other. That is the crux of the matter”.

It therefore reiterated the propriety of its directive, which it described as pro-people, democratic and aimed at saving Nigeria from sliding into anarchy, saying the directive has already succeeded in dousing the tension in Rivers where those who have been

Subjected to ceaseless harassment by hoodlums aided and abetted by the police, people can now stage their rallies in peace.

It reads, ”We never directed our members in the National Assembly to boycott the chambers’ sessions, whether it is screening of appointees or plenary. What we said is that they should block Executive Bills. In any case, a Senator or an Honourable member can only filibuster when he is in attendance. Filibuster does not equate to boycott or non-attendance,

”It was the National Assembly that passed the resolutions on the redeployment of Mbu. Members of the PDP, APGA, Labour Party, Accord Party, who are now playing to the gallery just to feather their own nest and place personal interest above national interest, were part of the efforts that culminated in passing the resolutions in both chambers. But the Presidency simply ignored the resolutions, a dangerous trend that will make nonsense of the principle of check and balance in our democratic system and also encourage the President to flout future resolutions”.

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