A major backing has come the way of Honorable Femi Gbajabiamila over his choice of principal officers.
The House had erupted into a rowdy session yesterday when the speaker announced a different set of names as against that which was sent to him by the major opposition party in the house.
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) says it is giving its full backing to the speaker’s announcement on his choice of principal minority officers.
The position of SDP was made known in a telephone interview with Newsmen on Thursday in Akure by its only member in the House, Hon. Tajudeen Adefisoye, representing Idanre/Ifedore Constituency.
Adefisoye, who explained that he and his colleagues in all the minority parties had reached an agreement on the choice of minority principal officers, said: “Therefore, we support the choice as announced by the speaker on Wednesday.”
“The names read by the Speaker on the floor of the House truly reflected the choices made by members of the minority parties.
“I speak on behalf of my party, the Social Democratic Party, which is one of the minority parties in the House.
“I want to make it clear that the names read on the floor of the House by the Speaker were the ones duly nominated and endorsed by myself and other colleagues in other minority parties,” he said.
Adefisoye described the new principal minority officers as very competent and responsible members whose reliability and moral standings the House could readily vouch for.
He also described the names sent by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the speaker as mere wishful thinking.
” The names sent to the Speaker by the PDP is null and void as far as we are concerned.
“The reality is that PDP cannot unilaterally decide on the issues of minority principal officers for all other minority parties.
“After all, PDP is just one party out of the multiple minority parties in the House,” Adefisoys said.
NAN reports that the PDP had chosen Reps Kingsley Chinda as Minority Leader, Chukwuka Onyema (PDP-Anambra) as Deputy Minority Leader, Yakubu Bade (PDP-Kaduna) as Minority Whip and Muraina Ajibola (PDP-Oyo) as Deputy Minority Whip.
However, Gbajabiamila announced Elumelu as Minority Leader, Reps Toby Okechukwu (PDP-Enugu) as Deputy Minority Leader, Gideon Gwami as Minority Whip and Adesegun Adekoya as Deputy Minority Whip.
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