Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt Hon Comrade Philip Shaibu has congratulated the newly inaugurated leadership of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Tajudeen Abbas and the Deputy Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Kalu on their successful election at the inaugural sitting of the 10th assembly which held Tuesday in Abuja. He also crossed over to the Red Chambers where he congratulated the presiding officers on their election. Senator Godswill Apkabio emerged as the new Senate President.
In his usual self, the Edo State Deputy Governor walked up to his political godfather and senator representing Edo North, Comrade Adams Oshiomole and congratulated him with a warm embrace to the delight of those around him.
Shaibu, a one-time member of the Green Chamber with multiple sponsored bills was present today at the inaugural sitting where Hon. Tajudeen Abba (CON) of Kano State and Hon. Benjamin Kalu of Abia State were elected as presiding officers of the house, Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively.
Shaibu in his congratulatory speech commended the members for their show of true democracy in the election, adding that he believes so much in the capacity of the new speaker of the House, a former colleague.
“Congratulations to the members of the 10th assembly, especially to the elected leaders .”
“The task ahead for you is not child’s play as the country is at a crossroads, but having served in the same house alongside the Speaker, I so much believe in your capacity to change the narrative.”
“The House shouldn’t be a puppet of the executive, instead, the watchdog that it was established to serve.”
“I want to task the Speaker and the house to continue to assert the independence. The sanctity and image of the house must be maintained Development-driven bills should be sponsored and citizens-oriented programmes should be initiated by every member for the good of their various constituencies.”
“As I task that members be in one accord, in the interest of Nigeria.”
Honourable Tajudeen Abbas polled 353 votes to defeat his two opponents, outgoing Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase, and Sani.