APC denies executive, legislative rift over ambassadorial list rejection

Following last Tuesday’s decision
of the Senate to reject the non-career
ambassadorial list sent to it by the
Presidency, the All Progressives Congress,
APC, has denied reports of a face-off
between the lawmakers and President
Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement signed by its national
chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the
party “assured Nigerians that relations
among the country’s three arms of
government, particularly the executive and
the legislature, was healthy and strong.”
APC said the assurance was in reaction to a
statement credited to a faction of Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP, suggesting a rift
between the executive and legislature,
following the
Senate’s return of the list of non-career
ambassadors to the Presidency for a review.
“The Senate, in the adopted report of its
Committee on Foreign Affairs stated on
Tuesday that the decision to return the list
followed petitions received on the
nominations and went ahead to propose
that the presidency reviewed the
ambassadorial list.
“Hence, attempts by the PDP to give the
Senate action a political colouration and
other negative interpretations are
unnecessary and misleading.
“President Muhammadu Buhari is a
democrat and does not subscribe to the
idea of “controlling” the National Assembly
as was the practice with the PDP during its
16-year misrule of the country.
“Respect for the principle of the Rule of Law
and the constitutional provisions of
Separation of Powers, among the three arms
of government is a best practice and also
healthy for our democracy.
‘’The powers and duties of the three arms of
government are clearly spelt out in the 1999
Constitution (as amended) and President
Muhammadu Buhari respects them,” APC
stated.

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