The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says its leadership and elected
federal legislators have not taken any official position on who to lend
support for the position of presiding officers of both the Senate and
the House of Representatives.
The party’s position is predicated on reports in a section of the media
suggesting that its members-elect in the House of Representatives have
settled for a particular aspirant as the new Speaker.
The PDP is still consulting with its members-elect and no official
position has 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 National Assembly, 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
The PDP, as a party committed to the wellbeing of our nation, will
remain focused in our determination to rescue our nation from
incompetent system and therefore urges Nigerians to discountenance such
reports suggesting that our lawmakers have settled for a particular
aspirant for any presiding office in the National Assembly
National Publicity Secretary