- The major opposition party has said its leadership is yet to take a position on the newly elected legislative officers
- The PDP said the party is yet to decide who to support for the position of presiding officers of both the Senate and the House of Representatives
- According to the party's spokesperson, the PDP is still consulting with all the lawmakers-elect for the 9th National Assembly leadership positions
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that its leadership and elected federal legislators are yet to take official position on the leadership of the 9th National Assembly.
The party said it was yet to decide who to support for the position of presiding officers of both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
The PDP national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, May 5, in Abuja.
Ologbondiyan said that the party’s position was predicated on reports in a section of the media suggesting that PDP members-elect in the House of Representatives had settled for a particular aspirant.
He said that the PDP was still consulting with its members-elect.
Ologbondiyan said that no official position had been taken on the issue, “particularly as the positions of presiding officers are not exclusive preserve of the ruling party or any other party for that matter, but a constitutional right of every elected lawmaker in their respective chambers.
“Moreover, the PDP has an array of elected lawmakers, in both chambers, who are eminently qualified and equally popular among their colleagues, across the divide, to hold office as presiding officers of both chambers of the NASS in line with Section 50 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
“What is important to Nigerians is the emergence of a purposeful leadership that will ensure accountability and good governance in the polity”.
Ologbondiyan said that PDP as a party, was committed to the well-being of the nation.
He urged Nigerians to discountenance such reports suggesting that the lawmakers had settled for a particular aspirant for any presiding office in the NASS.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the PDP had claimed that there is a plot by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to arrest its candidate in the 2018 Osun governorship election Senator Ademola Adeleke.
A statement by Ologbondiyan late on Sunday, May 5, the party claimed that the APC wants to use security forces to detain the senator.
The PDP said it has learned of a fresh plot by the APC to use some elements in the Police to hound and incarcerate the victory of the Osun state governorship candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, all in the bid to browbeat him to relinquish his mandate.
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