‘Fighting’ Lawan and Gbajabiamila, PDP talks about plans for electing National Assembly leadership

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP says it has not taken any position officially on election of leaders of the 9th National Assembly.

According to a statement issued by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja on Sunday, the party said it has not decided on who to support for presiding officers in the Senate and House of Representatives.

Majority Leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives respectively, Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila are the choices of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC for both positions.

The PDP gave its reaction after media reports emerged, suggesting that its members-elect in the House of Representatives have settled for a particular aspirant as the new Speaker.

Ologbondiyan, said the party was still consulting with its members-elect and no official position has been taken on the issue.

It reiterated its position that positions of presiding officers are not the 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.

The statement said: “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 polity.

“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”.