NASS Leadership: We Have Not Taken Any Position –PDP
Kola Ologbodiyan

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said it was yet to take a position on those to support as presiding officers of both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

According to the party, its leadership and elected federal legislators were yet to take an official position on the leadership of the 9th National Assembly.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, made the clarification in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.

He said the clarification became necessary following reports in a section of the media that PDP members-elect in the House of Representatives had settled for a particular aspirant.

According to Ologbondiyan, the PDP was still consulting with its members-elect.

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He insisted that “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 NASS 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.”

Ologbondiyan said that PDP as a party was committed to the wellbeing of the nation and urged Nigerians to ignore any reports suggesting that the lawmakers had settled for a particular aspirant for any presiding office in the NASS.