President Muhammadu Buhari has berated the actions and decisions of the 8th National Assembly under the leadership of Senate President Bukola Saraki.
The President stated that such activities remained regrettable which he said undermined the progress of the country.
Buhari made this known when he hosted state governors and senators-elect of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to a dinner at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday night.
According to NAN, he particularly cited the deliberate and persistent delay in passing the nation’s annual budget by the National Assembly.
He, therefore, challenged the in-coming 9th National Assembly to do things differently from the outgoing 8th senate so as to enable his administration to achieve its target of transforming the nation.
“This is my fifth and last time of standing for an election – for that reason, I’ll like to leave something behind.
“And what I want to leave cannot be successfully done without your support.
“So, that is why I’m appealing for your support. What happened in the last Senate and so on is regrettable because I still feel it shouldn’t take seven months to pass a budget. You have a very, very serious job ahead of you.
“So, what I’m appealing is that any major decision you are going to take please reflect more on the country than yourself as a person – what effect will it have on the country,’’ Buhari said.
While promising to work and partner with the 9th national assembly in promoting peace, stability and economic prosperity in the country, the President thanked the governors and senators-elect for their support and understanding.
The governors of Kogi, Jigawa, Oyo, Kaduna, Kebbi, Zamfara, Borno, Yobe, Plateau, Osun and Lagos were also in attendance.
The Senators-elect at the event included all those who had directly or indirectly indicated interest to contest for the seat of President of the Senate in the 9th National Assembly.
Prominent among the prospective contestants for the Senate leadership are Ahmed Lawan, Danjuma Goje and Ali Ndume all from Northeast zone of the country and Abdullahi Adamu from North Central.
It was learned that the APC zoning formula for the election of a new Senate President was part of the issues deliberated upon at the dinner.