Dogara, while receiving former leadership of the House yesterday in his office promised to reach out to and mend walls with his opponents.
He said a rancour – free House is needed to compliment the Executive on the delivery of electoral promises that brought the All Progressives Congress (APC) to power.
Former Speakers and Deputy Speakers in attendance include Agunwa Anakwe; Ghali Umar Na’aba; Patricia Olubunmi Etteh; Aminu Tambuwal; Babangida Nguruje; and Emeka Ihedioha.
Others are immediate past Leader of the House, Mulikat Akande-Adeola, her Deputy, Leo Okuweh Ogor, immediate past Chief Whip, Mohammed Ishaka Bawa, his Deputy, Muhammed Mukhtar and the immediate past Deputy Minority Leader, Suleiman Abdulrahman Kawu.
“We are committed to the peace and stability of the House with a view to attaining our legislative agenda that will compliment the efforts of the Executive in trying the bring about the change Nigerians voted for.
“Talking about healing the wounds and division that has been caused by yesterdays (Tuesday) event, I assure you that we have been together and we know ourselves.
“We will come together and mend walls because some people may feel that they have lost.
“I want to tell them that they have not lost anything, as this remains a leadership that is for all”.
He also assured the former leadership that his emergence as Speaker was for no other purpose than for the delivery of dividends of democracy to Nigerians.
“Electoral victory was delivered to the APC because Nigerians were tired of excuses.
“They can’t wait any longer, and that is why we must as responsible leaders compliment the efforts of government.
“Because as legislature, we must work with the Executive to achieve the needed change that Nigerians voted for which is why we can’t begin to engage the executive in unnecessary bickering that does no good to the general wellbeing of Nigerians,” he said.
The group urged the leadership of APC to view the process that produced Dogara as victory for the independence of the legislature.
Na’aba spoke on behalf of the gruop saying, “Lawmakers yesterday (Tuesday) achieved another democratic revolution against a conventional wisdom of imposition of leaders by political parties.
“This has happened not to spite our party but that the legislature under a democratic setting must be independent.
“What happened yesterday was an effort by lawmakers of both the APC and the PDP to ensure their independence as lawmakers.
“Whatever must have happened, the new leadership must not be castigated and scorned but should be seen as a means of charting a new legislative course for the benefit of all Nigerians”.
The group also tasked the new House to be courageous in revisiting the constitution amendment while urging Dogara to be magnanimous in victory.
“We believe that the constitution needs to be amended, and this was done by the last Assembly but never saw the light of day.
“This Assembly must take up that responsibilty to revisit the issue of constitution amendment.
“What we need now is reconciliation, because the House as it is now is divided and i believe the process should not be difficult,” Na’aba added.