The senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, on Wednesday, August 1, spoke on the recent defections from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other parties.
Sani, who is a member of the ruling party in a statement said the executive should respect the decision of those who chose to defect and never attempt to persecute anyone for their individual political decisions.
Read the statement below:
"In view of the current reality, It’s possible to have a harmonious working relationship between the parliament led by the opposition, and the presidency led by the ruling party, in the remaining lifespan of this political dispensation, if the following rules are kept by both sides.
1. Both sides must put the interest of the country first.
2. The executive should respect the decision of those who chose to defect, maintain a cordial relationship with them and never attempt to persecute any of them for their individual political decisions.
3. The Parliament led by the opposition must not be a stumbling block for Government policies and programs and the person of the president and his office must be accorded the highest respect it deserves.
4. All Inflammatory statements and plots from both sides must cease.
5. Both sides should be committed to working towards addressing the nation’s chronic security challenges and the success of the upcoming national elections."
In a previous report by NAIJ.com, Senate president, Bukola Saraki, announced his exit from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Saraki announced his exit from the party via his official social media pages on Tuesday, July 31. He said he decided to leave the APC after extensive consultations.
There had been speculation that Saraki may soon leave the APC following the defection of 13 lawmakers elected on the platform of the party to the Peoples Democratic Party and the African Democratic Congress.
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