Just In: PDP BOT Backs Elumelu, As NWC Insists On Chinda As Minority Leader
The Board of Trustee (BOT) of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has supported emergence of Ndidi Elumelu as Minority leader as National Working Committee of PDP insisted on Hon. Kingsley Chinda as leader of opposition in House.
The Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila had announced Ndidi Elumelu as Minority, Toby Okechukwu, Deputy Minority Leader; , Gideon Gwani, Minority Whip; and Adesegun Adekoya, Deputy Minority Whip.
But, the National Working Committee of PDP insisted on Hon Kingsley Chinda as Minority leader, Chukwuma Onyeama as Deputy Minority Leader, Yakubu Barde as Minority Whip and Muraino Ajibola as Deputy Minority Whip.
But, the Chairman of BOT, Senator Walid Jibril in a meeting with Elumelu and other PDP principal officers in House of Representatives as announced on the floor backed emergence of Elumelu as Minority leader.
Speaking about his emergence, Elumelu said:
“We complied with the provisions of the law in arriving at selecting us and not only that sir, what is key is that out of 147 opposition members, 111 nominated us.
“You are father, our leader, we believe in you, we believe in PDP and to tell that we are loyal of PDP and we have nothing against PDP, it is just by the rules that minority parties in the House of Representatives must come together to elect those to lead them.
“On that we complied with provisions of the rules of the House.
“We promise you, we will not let even our immediate party down, we will be very, very mindful of the fact that we are in opposition and that the voice of the opposition must be heard.
“However, we will do it in line with ensuring that there is due respect for one another. What is important is for us to things that would enable this nation to move forward and ensure that there is mutual respect”.
The second Republic Senator while speaking with Elumelu group said the selection was right, while warning that the party would defend the new team.
He said, “On behalf of over 100 members of the BoT, I want to congratulate you, we are talking with one voice, we have contested and we are together in bringing our honourable people from the House of Representatives.
“We are equally happy that the Chairman of the new team, must be happy, as a second Republic Senator, what you have done is what we did in the past and this is in order and I hope nobody will come to make any challenge.
“We are going to defend what you have done with the best of our ability that these people elected will remain in the House of Representatives.
“I want to assure you that we are in opposition but we are not on a blind opposition. We have to cooperate with others in order to make Nigeria forward
“The beauty is that this is the highest organ of this party and I assure you, we are behind you”.
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