PDP leaders set to meet over National Assembly positions

The  leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party  will  meet with the party’s  lawmakers in  the Senate and  House of Representatives  very  soon to discuss the  zoning  of the offices meant for the opposition party in the two chambers.

The offices are Minority Leader, Deputy Minority Leader, Minority Whip and Deputy Minority Whip.

A source close to the party, told one of our correspondents that the PDP  had  also started working behind the scene to  decide  who become the President of the Senate, Deputy President of the Senate, Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.

According to the source, the PDP does not want  the  All Progressives Congress which  is in the majority  in both chambers to occupy the top positions.

But the APC  is also perfecting its strategies to make sure that it does not share top leadership positions with the PDP in the 9th National Assembly.

APC lawmakers  are expected to occupy the  positions of Chief Whip, Deputy Chief Whip, Majority and Deputy Majority Leader.

A member of the National Working Committee of the PDP, who spoke on condition of anonymity to one of our correspondents, said  the decision on how the party’s leaders in the National Assembly would  emerge would be transparent.

According to the source, if any PDP lawmaker  in the National Assembly  disagrees with the party’s choice, the party  will organise  a shadow election.

He said, “We  will  meet anytime  next week to discuss the outcome of the general elections. The meeting ought  to have been held before now, but we deferred it because of the governorship election in Rivers State.

“Now that the election has come to a successful conclusion, we will meet and discuss how the offices meant for the party are to be shared among the zones.

“We will also allow the lawmakers to decide if they want the occupiers of such offices to be on a  consensus  basis or  by ballot. We will not impose anyone on them.”

Confirming the  development, the  National Chairman of the party, Uche  Secondus, told one of our correspondents, “The PDP is a democratic party. We will not dictate to our lawmakers. We can only guide and listen to them.

“If they want a consensus (sharing of National Assembly leadership positions), so be it. And if they want to do a shadow election, so be it. The PDP is a democratic party. We are not going to bully  anyone.

“You can see that we did not have any problems during the primaries that produced the candidates because we allowed the will of the people to prevail. We will also allow the will of the majority to prevail in choosing the leaders of our party in the National Assembly.”

The  National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan,  said the party had yet to decide on how  its leaders in the National Assembly would emerge.

Ologbondiyan, said, “We have not decided on that one (whether by  ballot  or a consensus). Once the elections are over, the party will meet with our lawmakers-elect.

“Our party has not also decided who will be the Senate Minority Leader and Minority Leader  of  the House of Representatives. When the elections are over, the party will meet to deliberate on what we are going to do as a party.”
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