PDP warns APC over Senate presidency, House Speaker positions

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Tuesday announced that its chosen legislators and individuals from the House of Representatives are intrinsically qualified to look for race into any directing office of the two assemblies of the National Assembly

PDP expressed this in response to assertion by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole that his gathering won't share the influential position of the National Assembly with it.

The previous decision party expressed that the situation of the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives just as the Deputy Senate President and the Deputy Speaker are not the "select jelly of any ideological group, however a protected right of each chosen official in the two chambers."

An announcement by PDP's representative, Kola Ologbondiyan stated: "It is, in this way, absurd and sums to purge showing off and self-fancy for President Muhammadu Buhari and the factional National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, to act as though the directing workplaces and Committee Chairmanship in the National Assembly are selective privileges of the APC.

"President Buhari and Oshiomhole should wake up to the way that the National Assembly has a place with no ideological group yet to all Nigerians, who practice their control through their chosen delegates.

"For accentuation, Section 50 of the 1999 Constitution (as revised) is clear in giving that "There will be:- (an) a President and a Deputy President of the Senate, who will be chosen by the individuals from that House from among themselves; and (b) a Speaker and a Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, who will be chosen by the individuals from that House from among themselves".

"Segment 92 (1) makes a similar arrangement for the race of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of State House of Assembly.

"PDP, in this manner, does not just have an established state during the time spent the development of the administration of the ninth National Assembly yet will, as an issue of sacred right, field competitors into directing workplaces of the two chambers, if need be."

The restriction party "reminded President Buhari and Oshiomhole that the APC had in the past profited by the arrangements of area 50, with the abandonment of then Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal from the PDP to the APC, in October 2014, without giving up the speakership of the House to the PDP; an improvement that was acclaimed by President Buhari, as then resistance pioneer just as the APC, through its then National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed.

"Truth be told, the previous Minority Leader of the House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, reverberated the Constitutional arrangement that "the constitution requires just that the Speaker or Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives will be chosen by individuals from that House from among themselves.

"Besides, in June 2015, Hon. Terkimbi Ikyange and Hon. Dwindle Azi, both of APC, were chosen Speakers of Benue and Plateau State Houses of Assembly separately, however their gathering, the APC, was minority in both


The gathering expressed that "workplaces in the governing body are the Majority and Minority Leaders and Deputy Leaders just as Majority and Minority Whips and Deputy Whips, and our gathering will take choices on this at the appropriate time."

The gathering advised President Buhari, Oshiomhole and the APC to "regard the freedom of the council, end their inconvenience plot and sowing of seeds of disunity among the legislators, accordingly is straightforwardly against our general national intrigue.

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