Abuja - Losing candidate in the Adamawa State governorship election, Nuhu Ribadu, has advised members of his People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the National Assembly to demonstrate integrity to be successful in their new task as opposition members.
The former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)urged the PDP lawmakers to champion reforms regarding full disclosure and pay cuts.
He said this would reflect the fiscal realities of the moment, which would also give them the right pedestal to engage the government.
He said lawmakers especially of the opposition stock can be in charge of governance if they strictly held on to their dual role of law-making and oversight.
“My first charge of you (PDP legislators) is to urge you to be champions of probity in the workings of the National Assembly in itself as well as in the Executive-Legislature relation," he said.
"If Nigerians do not know how monies earmarked for the National Assembly are spent, or how much money a legislator earns, they will not support you casting any stone elsewhere."
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He said the first step therefore was to open up the National Assembly to ensure transparency and respect for the taxpayer.
"Public office is what it is – Public. Also, at this critical time of austerity in national earning be the champions of cut in recurrent cost by slashing your own budgets. I am happy some of you, such as my friend Ben Bruce, have already taken up this line,” he said.
Ribadu also advised the National Assembly members need to show good personal conduct and lead by example.
“Your carriage, your patriotism and honest contributions as members of the National Assembly will go a long way in reinventing our party and prepare it for a successful come back in subsequent elections.”
Ribadu reminded colleagues that a responsible opposition was not after "planting booby traps and bottlenecks" for the ruling party.
It is, however, responsible to Nigerians in the sense of putting the government to task and ensure Nigerians get the best they deserve. You should not be hostile but you should not be gagged to silence."