President Bola Tinubu has reacted to the recent victories of Senator Godswill Akpabio and Rt. Honourable Tajudeen Abbas as the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 10th National Assembly.
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that Godswill Akpabio, former Minister of Niger Delta and former governor of Akwa Ibom State, emerged victorious over Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari, the former governor of Zamfara State, in the race for the Senate President position in the 10th Assembly.
Meanwhile, Tajudeen Abbas, the House of Representatives Member representing Zaria constituency, secured victory in the contest for Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 10th Assembly.
Tinubu, in a statement, extended his congratulations to the newly elected National Assembly leaders on their wins.
The president emphasised that being elected by their fellow lawmakers as presiding officers and assuming leadership roles in the National Assembly is a tremendous honour that carries significant responsibility. He expressed confidence that they will live up to the trust placed in them by their colleagues and the Nigerian people.
Tinubu also offered advice to Senator Abdulaziz Yari and others who contested the election but did not emerge victorious. It is worth noting that there were calls for Yari and others to concede to the party-endorsed candidates, but they chose not to do so.
In his counsel to the defeated candidates, Tinubu expressed his best wishes to Senator Abdulaziz Yari, Honourable Member Idris Wase, and Honourable Aminu Jaji, acknowledging their valuable participation in the leadership election of the 10th National Assembly. He encouraged them to maintain the same enthusiasm they displayed during the contest and carry out their duties to their constituents and Nigeria with dedication.
The full statement is as follows:
STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE
The election of Distinguished Senator Godswill Akpabio, CON and Rt. Honourable Tajudeen Abbas as the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 10th National Assembly is a good development.
I heartily congratulate them and also rejoice with the new Deputy Senate President Jibril Barau and House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Benjamin Kalu for their well-deserved victories.
Being elected by their peers as presiding officers and assuming the leadership of the National Assembly is a great honour that comes with huge responsibility. I trust that you will justify the confidence reposed in you by your members and many Nigerians.
I wish Senator Abdulaziz Yari, Honourable member Idris Wase and Honourable Aminu Jaji who enriched the process with their participation in the leadership election the best and a successful tenure in the 10th National Assembly.
I urge them to sustain the same level of enthusiasm they brought to the leadership contest in the discharge of their duties to their constituents and Nigeria.
My congratulations to all members of the National Assembly, across party lines, who, today, enlisted into the service of the blessed people of our great country.
We have all been called upon and accepted the responsibility to diligently and faithfully serve our fatherland with the oath we took. It is time to get on and move swiftly with the business of governance in the service of Nigeria.
As your President, I am prepared to transparently work with the National Assembly. Nigerians expect distinguished Senators and Honourable members to make laws and carry out oversight duties that will enhance the performance of government to achieve successful outcomes including improving their quality of life.
In the course of our work together, disagreements may occur. When we disagree it will not be out of malice, ill-will and quest to diminish the institution of National Assembly or any individual member.
Our people across the length and breadth of our country expect so much from us. They want us to lift their economic burden. They want us eliminate insecurity so our farmers in rural communities can go to their farms and produce the food we eat.
Our people look up to us to change the fortune of our country for good and remove all barriers that impede progress. All of these we can make happen with dedication and commitment. We can only achieve all the good things we promised during our campaigns when we work together in harmony but with respect for our respective prerogatives and in the best interest of our country.
We cannot afford to waste this opportunity because Nigerians want us to make every day of the next four years count. Justifiably, our people want more from their government. They truly deserve progressive good governance that will improve their standards of living. We must give them our best.
I will remain a partner in progress for peace, stability and prosperity of Nigeria. I count on the leadership of the 10th National Assembly and all members to work and walk with me on this governmental journey.
Once again, I send my best wishes.”
Bola Ahmed Tinubu