The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP, has urged the newly elected leaders of the National Assembly to make the people who elected them the centre of their legislative and oversight activities in the next four years.
The CNPP, which is an umbrella organisation of all registered political parties and associations in the country, in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday and signed by its Secretary General, Willy Ezugwu, also urged them to uphold the independence of the hallowed chambers while discharging their duties as lawmakers.
“Now that elections are over, it is time to ensure thatNigerians get dividend of democracy that have consistently eluded them over theyears. We advise every member of the Senate and the House ofRepresentatives to represent the interest of their constituents who voted forthem.
“The time to pursue political party interest to the detriment of thewellbeing of the electorate is over as the people are getting more and morefrustrated but holding on in hope that politicians can keep to their campaignpromises.
“In exercising legislative duties, including oversightfunctions, our legislative representatives at both chambers of the NationalAssembly must not be the executive’s rubber-stamp lawmakers or political partystooges but our true representatives.
“The interests of constituents and the general goodof all Nigerians must be the centre of the activities of the 9th NationalAssembly.
“We, therefore, demand uttermost openness and accountability to the people in the running of the current national legislative houses for guaranteed national unity and even development of the country,” the statement read.