National Assembly won’t be business as usual, Ndoma-Egba declares
23 March 2023 | 4:11 am
Former leader of the Seventh Senate, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, has declared that the incoming Senate will not be business as usual. Chatting with newsmen in Calabar, yesterday, on his expectations from the incoming National Assembly...
Former leader of the Seventh Senate, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, has declared that the incoming Senate will not be business as usual. Chatting with newsmen in Calabar, yesterday, on his expectations from the incoming National Assembly, Ndoma-Egba said: “It’s going to be a very interesting National Assembly because before, we used to have only two major parties, one in government and the other one in the opposition. If you look at the number now, there is no party that can produce two third majority.
He said the incoming Senate “can only pass matter that requires simple majority, like now in the Senate result, the APC already has simple majority but when it comes to those important constitutional issues where you require two third, you must go into alliance and that is where the beauty of democracy is, the horse trading, the argument and the conversation.
“You are going to see some improvement in the legislative process and for you to even stabilise the place, you must make sure that members from all those other parties are wheeled into one manageable block, so it’s going to be quite interesting.”
On issues of irregularities and complaints about the country’s democracy, Ndoma-Egba said there is no perfect democracy anywhere.
“Democracy keeps evolving from stage to stage; ours is still evolving. Ours is only 24 years old, America is 200 plus years old and there are still having issues.
We should remove this mindset that everything America tells us is correct. Democracy grows according to its environment and they should allow us develop our democracy. Yes, the election was not perfect; I have an issue, for instance, with the election in Ikom. We will take their observations but we will try to improve on our system.”