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Kogi APC cautions assembly members-elect against needless criticism of Wada



Kogi State governor, Idris Wada

THE eleven Kogi Assembly members-elect who won election on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) have been advised against unnecessary scuffle on the floor against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led executive when inaugurated.

APC member-elect for Okene Federal Constituency, Alhaji Abdullahi Bello, who is also a serving member of the state assembly, gave the advice at a reception organized for the members-elect on Tuesday in Lokoja.

He said there is no need for evil machinations against a sitting executive when he has not done anything untoward to warrant bickering.
Bello indicated that the assembly as an institution and the first arm of government is crucial and pertinent to governance through its law making and oversight functions but had its limits, which the legislators must strictly adhere to.

He asked them to carry out their legislative duties with due diligence saying: “Know your limits, we are not asking you to go and antagonize the executive, rather you are going to build bridges.”

Bello said that rehearsals, seminars and trainings would be organised for the members-elect and a more elaborate reception organized for them when the party’s leader in the state, Prince Abubakar Audu returned from his overseas trip.

“We don’t want you to come and just pick your Certificates of Return and go back home like orphans. We want you to know that we are here for you and will stand by you,” he said.

Speaking earlier, former speaker and Acting governor of the state, Chief Clarence Olafemi said there was need to put the legislators-elect on sound footing from the onset and urged them to learn from the party leaders.

He said that they were so lucky that in the party leadership in the state there is a former governor, a former Acting governor, two former speakers of the state House of Assembly, former and present legislators among many others.

Olafemi, who lamented that the present assembly in the state was not worth the name advised the members-elect to be steadfast and avoid political constipation saying: “Don’t eat what will cause you political constipation.

“My brothers don’t let them divide you, your unity is very important to the APC. You have a burden to make the change that APC stands for. Be eager to learn because you cannot buy experience from the market,” he charged them.

He urged the members-elect to always know that “Power is from God and only Him gives it at the time he wants,” and urged them to learn from his long search for power in party politics.

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