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9th Assembly: PDP Jettisons Ruling APC’s Candidates, Backs Ndume, Bago

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The National Working Committee of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has announced its support for Senator for Borno South Ali Ndume and Hon. Umar Mohammed Bago for the position of Senate President and Speaker of House of Representatives respectively.

The party’s decision was reached at the end of a decisive meeting of members of the National Working Committee, leaders, state governors as well as senators and members-elect on the platform of the PDP.  

According to its statement, the move followed very extensive consultations with critical stakeholders.

In a statement which was signed by the party’s national secretary, Ibrahim Tsauri, disclosed that the decision “is in the best interest of the nation, in line with our party’s determination to deepen democracy, ensure a strong and independent legislature, strict compliance with the principle of separation of powers as well as constitutional checks and balances in the polity.

 “All senators and members-elect on the platform of the PDP are to be guided accordingly.”

Meanwhile, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had in a separate statement ordered all its members-elect in the National Assembly to vote Senator Ahmed Lawan, Senator for Yobe North and Femi Gbajabiamila, Representative for Surulere I Federal Constituency as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The party affirmed that the decision was reached after an ”intensive” deliberation with the APC House of Reps members-elect in a dinner with President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that the deputy speaker position has now been zoned to the North Central.

The National Working Committee of the APC also adopted Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for the position of Deputy Senate President of the ninth National Assembly.

Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC National Publicity Secretary said the decision was taken at an emergency meeting of the NWC held in Abuja.

Issa-Onilu claimed that the meeting also endorsed Malam Muhammed Wase as Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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