Houses Of Assembly Not Extension Of Govt House –Nnamani

BY CHARLES EMENI IN order to deepen democracy in Nigeria, former Senate President under President Olusegun Obasanjo, Senator Ken Nnamani has advocated that State Houses of Assembly be independent of the executive. Senator Nnamani, who disclosed this in a Nigeria Television Authority, NTA discussion programme, “Moment
For Thought” said, a situation where we have State House of Assembly that are an extension of Government House does not augur well for democracy.
He said, with State Houses of Assembly independent of Government House, the citizens are sure of a viable and quality representation that would improve their lives and the socio-economic and political development of the country.
“If we have independent State Houses of Assembly, with lawmakers that would make quality laws, it will translate into quality economic decisions and growth. And, once we get our political issues right, there will be healthy competition among states because I believe that no state in the country is a parasite on the other,” he said. While saying that politics is superior to economics in Nigeria, he argued that, a single political decision made by a State House of Assembly could wipe out an entire economic decision, adding that, if you get the right people to take right decisions in our State Houses of Assembly, we would get good economic policies that would better the life of our people.
The former Senate President, who appealed to politicians to shun acts that could cause trouble during and after yesterday’s Governorship and House of Assembly Elections advised, “You should all take a cue from the sacrifice President Goodluck Jonathan made during the presidential election”.
President Jonathan’s action, he said has created a window of opportunities for the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), and it shows that the party can tolerate and absorb. “That singular act of the president, and the peace that has prevailed after the presidential election was an indication that Nigeria was showing signs of political stability. I hope we maintain it and should not begin to proceed to court after the elections for litigation,” he advised. With the success of the presidential election, he said, Nigeria was taking its rightful position in the comity of nations. “I therefore expect that there should be no
room for litigation after the elections, and whoever loses should be courageous enough to congratulate whoever wins so that Nigeria can move ahead. That way, what happened during the presidential election will be translated to the governorship and State Houses of Assembly polls, he added.