- Senator Ahmed Lawan and Rt. Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila were elected President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively for the 9th Assembly on Tuesday, June 11
- Both Lawan and Gbajabiamila are veterans when it comes to lawmaking in the current 4th Republic
Senator Ahmed Lawan and Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila are both old horses in the trade of legislation in Nigeria’s current political dispensation.
Lawan is probably the only legislator who has been in the National Assembly as a lawmaker since the return of democracy in 1999.
The Yobe state born lawmaker, first served in the Green Chambers between 1999 and 2007, before becoming a Senator in 2007 up to this present moment where he was elected by his colleagues as Senate President for the 9th National Assembly.
On the other hand, Gbajabiamila has been a House of Representatives member since 2003. He has been representing Surulere I Federal Constituency of Lagos state since that time.
Both Lawan and Gbajabiamila got the full support of Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of their party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) as well as the backing of many members of the major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). This therefore means, a large number of Nigerians supported their candidacy prior to becoming the number 3 and 4 citizens of the country.
It is thus a clarion call on both men not to disappoint President Buhari and Nigerians in general, by making laws that will benefit every citizen of this great nation.
Nigerians expect a cordial working relationship between the legislators and the presidency as the country moves to the next level.