The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that presiding officers of the national assembly are not exclusive preserve of the ruling party, insisting that its members are equally free to contest for NASS leadership position.
In a statement issued on Sunday by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP said it however yet to take a definite poison on the next lie of action.
He refuted a report, suggesting that PDP members-elect in the House of Representatives had settled for a particular aspirant, saying it is yet to decide on who to support for the National Assembly leadership positions.
According to Mr. Ologbondiyan, “the positions of presiding officers are not exclusive preserve of the ruling party or any other party for that matter, but a constitutional right of every elected lawmaker in their respective chambers.
He went further to state that “Moreover, the PDP has an array of elected lawmakers, in both chambers, who are eminently qualified and equally popular among their colleagues, across the divide, to hold office as presiding officers of both chambers of the NASS in line with Section 50 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
“What is important to Nigerians is the emergence of a purposeful leadership that will ensure accountability and good governance in the polity”.
Mr Ologbondiyan said that PDP as a party was committed to the wellbeing of the nation.
In this new dispensation, the All Progressives Congress, had majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, having won over 60 of the 109 Senate seats and over 220 of the 360-seat House of Representatives.
However, due to disharmony among the ruling party’s lawmakers-elect to support the party’s candidates for both senate and House of Representatives, PDP stands in a pole position to decide who emerge as the presdieing officers for the two chambers.