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9th Assembly: PDP To Meet Over NASS Leadership Tussle


The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will meet in Abuja this week to determine who to support as presiding officers of the two chambers of the National Assembly.

According to a report by Punch newspaper, those expected to be at the meeting are members of the party’s National Working Committee led by its National Chairman, Uche Secondus; lawmakers-elect for the ninth National Assembly; outgoing principal officers of the eighth National Assembly who are members of the party and some selected members of the party’s National Executive Council.

Both the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, are expected to speak on those aspiring to succeed them.

Confirming the development, spokesperson for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, told Punch newspaper that the meeting would hold within the week.

He said the party’s leadership would meet separately with their members in the Senate and House of Representatives.

He also said the party had not taken any decision on whether there would be sanctions against any member who had already declared support for a particular candidate.

“The party will certainly meet this week and take a decision on whether our elected members of the Ninth National Assembly would be directed to cast their votes for a particular aspirant or be given freedom to vote for any aspirant of their choice.

“We will meet with the PDP caucuses in the Senate and House of Representatives separately because they know the particular aspirant they could work with.

“We have not got(ten) to the level of determining sanctions against our members who have already started identifying with a particular candidate.”

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