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Oyegun Says No Rift Between Buhari, National Assembly

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BEVERLY HILLS, November 16, (THEWILL) – The National Leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Wednesday assured Nigerians that the relationship between the Executive and the Legislative arms of government is healthy and strong.

It described as unnecessary and misleading, the statement credited to a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, suggesting a rift between both arms of government following the Senate's return of the list of non-career ambassadors to the presidency for review.

The Senate had, while adopting the report of its Committee on Foreign Affairs, on Tuesday stated that the decision to return the list followed petitions received on the nominations. It proceeded to ask the presidency to review the ambassadorial list.

Reacting to what he called attempts by the PDP to give the Senate action a political coloration and other negative interpretations, the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, described President Muhammadu Buhari as a democrat, who 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 Power between 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,” he said.