THE national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Wednesday, July 1, advised all the senators and members of House of Representatives elected on its platform to elect their principal officers through the caucuses in the National Assembly.
Speaking with journalists after a meeting of the National Working Committee, NWC, Olisa Metuh, national publicity secretary of the PDP, said the lawmakers officers must be guided by issues of ranking, gender and religion while electing their principal officers.
The PDP as a minority party in the National Assembly are expected to fill the following positions namely, minority leader, deputy minority leader; minority whip and deputy minority whip. Metuh said the PDP would not interfere in who emerged as principal officers of both the red and green chambers. He also enjoined members of the National Assembly to follow the Standing Orders of the two chambers in picking their leaders.
However, Metuh disclosed that the NWC during the meeting, zoned the respective principal offices to the six geo-political zones, adding that the senate minority leader would go to South-South; senate minority whip has been zoned to the North-Central; North-East has senate Deputy Minority Leader and South West has Senate Deputy Minority Whip.
For the House of Representatives, the PDP zoned the Minority Leader to South-South; minority whip would go to North-West; South-East would have deputy minority leader and North-East has deputy minority whip.
Metuh said: “In consonance with the provision of your Standing Rules, you are through this medium advised to use your various zonal party caucuses to choose the party’s principal officers to enable you provide effective opposition in the respective chambers of the National Assembly.”
— Jul 13, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT