PDP Reps Move To Divide Opposition, Seek Change In Parties' Leadership
BEVERLY HILLS, CA, June 03, (THEWILL) - The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) lawmakers in the House of Representatives Tuesday began a subtle plot to cause disaffection within the ranks of the opposition as it moved to change the present composition of the House Minority leadership.
This followed a motion under matters of privilege moved by the deputy majority Leader of the House, Hon. Leo Ogor, (PDP, Delta), who argued that it was not in order for the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) to take all the slots in the minority leadership of the House.
The motion came under Rule 31 of the House, which states that 'minority leadership: Members of the minority parties in the House shall nominate from among them, the minority leader, minority whip, deputy minority whip and deputy minority leader.'
It will be recalled that aside the APC, other opposition parties that still have members in the House are the Accord Party (AP), All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and the Labour Party(LP).
He argued that item 31 of the House's rules provided that members of the minority parties nominate among themselves; the Minority Leader, Deputy Minority Leader, Minority Whip and Deputy Minority Whip, but that since the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (CAN), All Nigeria's Peoples Party (ANPP) and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) have merged to form the APC, it is expected that the minority parties act in line with the rules of the House.
Ogor explained that 'it is the minority parties that is indicated, not only APC, please note the word parties.'
Although, the APC lawmakers were not comfortable with the motion, other members of the other minority parties agreed with Ogor's submissions. While supporting the motion, Hon. Abiola Ajaja of the Accord Party, said it is only fair for the other minority parties to have a share in the leadership of the House. She noted that 'the minority leadership has not been carrying us along so we want a fair share of the leadership within the camp of the minority.'
Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, who presided over the session directed the House joint committees on Justice and Rules and Business to review the arrangement and report back in two weeks.
SAINT MUGAGA, ABUJA