Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, has appealed to Senators to strengthen the existing bi-partisan relationship among the legislators, particularly as they begin the screening of the Ministerial nominees, as submitted by the President last week.
The umbrella body of political parties in Nigeria argued that such relationship is the only panacea for Executive-Legislature relationship that would result in the advancement of Nigeria’s democracy.
CNPP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, in a statement made available to Nigerian Pilot in Abuja, yesterday, noted that, “rancorous screening and confirmation process can in no way appease nor reassure the good people of Nigeria who are anxiously waiting for the progressive change they voted for.
“Whereas, we appreciate the need to thoroughly screen the nominees, we are making passionate call of urgent national importance to fast-track the process; so as to engender cordial bi-partisan relationship between the Executive and the Legislature for good governance.”
Mr. Okechukwu expressed the displeasure of the party on the petitions that had flooded the National Assembly as regards the nomination of some persons by their respective states.
“For the avoidance of doubt, how can we explain and justify that Hajia Amina Mohammed, an acclaimed global technocrat is denied confirmation on the flimsy excuse of state of origin or the hurried manner and antics of the Governor of Rivers State, Nyeson Wike to make sure that his predecessor, Rotimi Amechi is denied confirmation and thus for former governor of Lagos State, Raji Fashola whose traducers want to revise his enviable records and deny him confirmation? This is neither the intendment nor the spirit and letters of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), as per confirmation of ministers designate”.
“It is our considered view that it may be far less selfless if the National Assembly and the Senate in this instance, which on its own initiative from day one constructed Cordial Bi-Partisan relationship between the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to wittingly or unwittingly simulate gridlock which will definitely infuriate the tired and weary citizenry of our dear nation.

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