The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejects the attempt by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila of the Federal House of Representatives to impose leaders for their party in the House.
The party leadership disclosed this in a statement issued on Wednesday, July 3 and circulated online by its National Publicity Secretary.
According to the statement, the PDP said it is instructive to state that its leadership had duly written to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, after consultation with other minority members in the House of Representatives, notifying him of members that have been selected for leadership position in the House of Representatives, in line with dictates of the rules and parliamentary practice.
“However, to our utter dismay, the PDP had discovered that the Speaker attempted to smuggle in names other than those recognized and forwarded to him as the leaders of the Minority in the House of Representatives.
“The PDP, in the strongest terms, cautions against this abuse of rules, parliamentary practices and procedures as well as the convention and we urge the Speaker to respect the rules and read the list submitted to him by the leadership of the PDP,” the party further stated.
The PDP subsequently released, for the avoidance of doubt, the list forwarded to the Speaker by the party; which is as follows:
- Hon. Kingsley Chinda – Minority Leader
- Hon. Chukwuka Onyema- Deputy Minority Leader
- Hon. Yakubu Barde – Minority Whip,
- Hon. Muraina Ajibola – Deputy Minority Whip