Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja
The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, has stated that the All Progressives Congress (APC), parliament and the executive will resuscitate and strengthen the tripartite arrangement that existed before now towards advancing the national objectives as set out in the party’s manifesto.
Kalu disclosed this Thursday in Abuja after meeting with the National Chairman of the party, Dr. Abdulahi Ganduje.
He said he came to meet with the chairman to discuss pertinent issues that would affect the growth of the party, the nation and the South-east in particular.
Kalu stated: “I am also here as in the form of a courtesy call to assure him that the tripartite arrangement that existed before now between the executive, the parliament and the political party will be restrengthened and I have the mandate of the Speaker, who is currently outside the country and who will be coming to see him, on his arrival to assure him that the parliament will partner with him towards advancing the national objectives as set out by the political party in her manifesto, especially when the president presented himself to lead the nation.
“The issue of national balancing, of loyalty and cohesion in the country in the spirit of the constitution with regards to federal character, the way and manner appointments and projects are done, we also deliberated on that, to see that the balancing will increase the national cohesion.”
The Deputy Speaker commended President Bola Tinubu for appointing young people and women as ministers.
According to him, “We are hoping that his presidency will be looking into. As I lead the parliament in the House of Representatives on constitutional review, it will be one of the issues we will be re-presenting to the president on the need to include more women in what we are doing.”
On filling up the slot of Abia and South-east in the National Working Committee (NWC), Kalu said they were looking for the best hands, adding that they would ensure someone with political capital and value would be brought on board.
He added: “That position is going to be filled with a competent individual that has the political clout that will help us achieve our desire in Abia State and in the South-east because our results last time was not so wonderful.
“Some of us who are leaders now want to make it wonderful and the only way to get it done is to make sure square pegs are plugged into square holes, and round pegs are plugged into round holes.”