The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says its lawmakers will vie for the positions of Senate president and speaker of the house of representatives in the 9th Assembly as the National Assembly belongs to no party.
The party’s spokesperson, Kola Olagbondiyan, said the party, just like every other party, has a right to not only make a decision on who emerges in the positions but to also vie for them. He affirmed this in reaction to the comment made by the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole, that only members of the APC will emerge presiding officers except for the minority of the house.
Kola vilified Oshiomole for saying that APC lawmakers will emerge leaders in two chambers, adding that the two positions are not exclusively preserved for any political party, ”but a constitutional right of every lawmaker in both chambers.”
The All Progressives Congress (APC) is ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with 25 seats in the Senate house.
“It is therefore laughable and amounts to empty grandstanding and self-delusion for President Muhammadu Buhari and the factional National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, to posture as if the presiding offices and Committee Chairmanship in the National Assembly are exclusive rights of the APC”, he said in a statement.
“President Buhari and Oshiomhole should wake up to the fact that the National Assembly belongs to no political party but to all Nigerians, who exercise their control through their elected representatives.
“For emphasis, Section 50 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) is clear in providing that “There shall be:- (a) a President and a Deputy President of the Senate, who shall be elected by the members of that House from among themselves; and (b) a Speaker and a Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, who shall be elected by the members of that House from among themselves”.
“Section 92 (1) makes the same provision for the election of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of State House of Assembly.
“The PDP, therefore, does not only have a constitutional say in the process of the emergence of the leadership of the 9th National Assembly, but will, as a matter of constitutional right, field candidates into presiding offices of both chambers, if need be.” He said
Culled from LIB