What Tinubu told senators at parley

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has appealed to some senators to support him.

Tinubu met with senators elected on the platform of the APC on Wednesday. He harped on his experience and capacity as reasons for which the senators should support him to win the APC presidential ticket.

He said, “This is not about gaining power. It is about securing good government for the nation. Together, the executive and legislative branches of this democratic tree must strive to cultivate and bring forth good fruit for the welfare of the people.”

“That was my charge this afternoon, as I made a friendly and informative return to the National Assembly building to meet the APC caucuses in both the Nigerian Senate and House of Representatives.

“The visit represented a fond homecoming for me, lasting several hours as we deliberated on a wide range of issues ranging from the role the legislature as the people’s representatives, to cooperation on addressing the key substantive issues of the day, the future of the APC and how I can work together with our legislators to accelerate Nigeria’s drive toward economic prosperity, security and perfecting our democratic structures.

“I fondly recalled my own time in the Senate before turning the attention of those present to my conception of the legislature as the essence of representative democracy.

In my own words, “The essence of representative democracy is the assemblage of the prudent and the wise to pass just laws for the benefit of the people. The legislation this body passes shall determine the fate of this nation. By what I have seen of your work and words, I can truly say this nation has been in good hands.”

“I also assured our legislators of my support for their collective efforts and of my appreciation of the need to maintain a harmonious and positive relationship between the executive and legislative branches of government. I further stressed that the cordial relationship between the National Assembly and the Executive is something to behold. Democracy does not thrive when both arms are adversarial. More gets accomplished through cooperation than conflict.”

In the bid to gain wide acceptance for his presidential aspiration, which he once called a “lifetime ambition”, Tinubu has toured states of the southwest.

During the tour, the presidential hopeful met with traditional rulers and support groups.

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