Plan to foist rubber-stamp principal officers on 10th NASS dangerous – CNPP

As the race for the leadership of the 10th National Assembly intensifies, the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP, has warned that attempts by interested parties loyal to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to ensure the inauguration of “rubber stamp” principal officers will be very dangerous to the survival of Nigeria’s democracy.

The group insisted that Nigerians may be unable to endure another four years of executive-legislative connivance against the interests and well-being of the masses.

Secretary General of CNPP, Willy Ezugwu, disclosed this on Sunday.

The umbrella body of all registered political parties and political associations in the country noted: “The handwriting can be seen everywhere on the walls by discerning minds, and we have uncovered the unholy plot. Hence, all democratic forces should be on alert.”

According to the CNPP: “The essential elements of democracy, like the principles of separation of powers and oversights, will be further jeopardised if such selfish and undemocratic clandestine moves towards foisting another rubber stamp legislative arm of government on the people succeed.

“This has been the primary reason for the failure of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to keep its campaign promises, particularly resulting in the federal government’s woeful failure to meet the primary duty of any government, which is to ensure security and welfare of the people.

“Mutual respect for the principles of separation of powers and checks and balances among the arms of government is the basic foundation for good governance. But since 1999, a healthy system of checks and balances has yet to be fully upheld in the interest of the Nigerian people.

“For the incoming administration to meet its basic duty of ensuring the security and welfare of the people, each branch of government should be allowed to exercise its powers of oversight because the relevance of separation of powers and its implications for good governance cannot be overemphasised.

“Therefore, it will be in the best interest of the incoming administration to prioritise meeting the very many expectations of the people by upholding the doctrine of separation of powers and checks and balances and promoting inclusiveness, especially in the compositions of the incoming cabinet.

“It will be detrimental to good governance to allow certain interests currently working to subjugate the National Assembly to the executive arm of government as witnessed in the last four years, where the National Assembly was seen approving all loan requests of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, leaving behind unprecedented debt-burden for generations unborn.

“To this end, the CNPP warns the executive, both the outgoing and the incoming, to allow the legislators to choose their principal officers based on merit without interference, or undue pressure, in the people’s interest.

“We urge the 10th National Assembly to stick to a government of inclusion in all federal appointments, to deliberately promote unity and cohesion by adequately reflecting national diversity.”

Ekene Njoku

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