President Bola Tinubu urged members-elect of the 10th National Assembly to work together in selecting capable leaders for both chambers during their inauguration on June 13. The President conveyed this message during a closed-door meeting with the National Assembly members-elect at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja. He emphasized the importance of prioritizing the nation’s interests over partisanship in their service.
One of the attendees, Adamu Ranga, a House member-elect, shared some of Tinubu’s key points from the gathering. The President called for unity among the Senate and House of Representatives members, regardless of their political party affiliations. He emphasized his commitment to an open-door policy, allowing anyone to meet with him without hindrance to discuss matters of importance. Tinubu also stressed the need to prioritize the interests of their constituencies and cooperate in selecting capable leaders.
Another member-elect from Ondo State, who chose to remain anonymous, confirmed the President’s appeal to put Nigeria first and to focus on the purpose of the legislature. The member-elect stated that there was no need for Tinubu to specify whom to vote for, as the attendees were already aware of their responsibilities.
Vice President Kashim Shettima, Senate President Dr. Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila were also present at the meeting. Speaker Gbajabiamila expressed his appreciation to President Tinubu for organizing the gathering, believing it would strengthen the relationship between the executive and legislative branches of government.
This meeting was one of several engagements between the President and lawmakers as the 10th National Assembly prepared for its inauguration on June 13. Attendees included prominent figures such as Godswill Akpabio, a front-runner in the Senate Presidency race, and former governors Dave Umahi, Adams Oshiomhole, among others. However, Abdul’Aziz Yari, the former Governor of Zamfara State, and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Ahmed Wase were absent from the meeting.