After waiting till the very last minute and pulling a somewhat not so surprising decision in terms of who it backs for the Senate leadership position, the Peoples Democratic Party has revealed why it decided to stick its gun out for Ali Ndume, the man who has gone ahead to enter the race for the exalted position of Senate President despite his party’s directive.
In a statement, the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party explained why it is backing Senator Ali Ndume and Umar Bago.
The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has explained why it is backing Senator Ali Ndume and Umar Bago as its candidates for the positions of the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives, respectively.
Elections into the two positions and that of their deputies are holding at the National Assembly today.
The decision the party says was taken in order to protect the sanctity of the legislature.
According to the statement signed by the National Secretary of the PDP, Senator Umaru Ibrahim Tsauri , the decision was taken after the party’s meeting with its governors and lawmakers-elect.
He said, “After very extensive consultations with critical stakeholders resolve to support Senator Ali Ndume and Hon. Umar Mohammed Bago for Senate President and Speaker of House of Representatives respectively, ahead of National Assembly inauguration on Tuesday.
“The final resolution on Senator Ndume and Hon. Bago was reached at the end of a decisive meeting of members of the National Working Committee, party leaders, state governors as well as senators and members-elect on the platform of the PDP.
“This 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 to 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.”
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