Members of the National Assembly have been urged to maintain the integrity and independence of the legislature in the discharge of their legislative functions.
A political analyst and foremost Pharmacist, Sir George Ezenwa who spoke to the journalists in Awka on the inauguration of the 8th National Assembly, advised them against being rubber stamps to the executive to justify the mandate given to them by the masses for effective representation.
According to Sir George, the business of the House should deemphasize the collection of fat allowances but to centre on being patriotic to reflect the global economic meltdown which calls for sacrifice and service oriented leadership.
He warned that the old order of parading financial flamboyance which characterized NASS status should give way to financial prudence to identify with the masses that elected them into office.
Meanwhile, a former Commissioner for Commerce and Industry in Anambra State, Chief Kenneth Arinze has said that the political horse trading which produced Chief Bukola Saraki and Dogara as Senate President and Speaker House of Representatives heralded the maturity of the nation’s democracy.
Chief Arinze who spoke in Awka on the growth of Nigeria’s democracy, said the ripples which trailed their emergence was a catalyst for good governance.
According to the Peoples Democratic Party chieftain, the political power play between the ruling party and the main opposition party in Nigeria occasions effective governance as witnessed between the US Democratic and Republican parties which have mastered the act of democratic governance.
He argued that the mixture of the different ideologies between the ruling party and the major opposition party on national issues rather than bring division should engenders effective governance.
Chief Arinze said his party the PDP was operating on a new dawn with a repackaged and refocused political agenda with a zero tolerance to business as usual.
Chief Arinze who declared interest to contest for PDP state chairman said his decision to join the race is to refocus and repackage the party at the state level to actualize its objective.

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