By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has declared that its leadership and elected federal legislators have not taken any official position on who to lend support to for the positions of presiding officers of both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
The party’ predicated its position 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 made the declaration in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja.
The party stated that it is still consulting with its members-elect and that no official position has been taken on the issue.
It reasoned 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.
The statement reads, “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 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”.
The party therefore urged Nigerians to “discountenance such reports suggesting that our lawmakers have settled for a particular aspirant for any presiding office in the National Assembly”.