The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has told the All Progressives Congress (APC) that the ruling party does not have the sole right to produce all the presiding officers for the Ninth National Assembly
While the ruling APC said it was within the right of its members in the National Assembly to occupy the positions, the PDP is contesting that the right to produce the presiding officers is open to all political parties.
Speaking with our correspondent in Abuja on Monday, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said National Assembly members-elect were at liberty to choose anybody to lead them.
Ologbondiyan said, “The APC leaders do not understand the workings of the parliament; that is the truth.
“The constitution provides that National Assembly members will elect among themselves presiding and deputy presiding officers; so it is not a party affair.
“Just like the majority party has the right to provide majority positions, we have the right to minority positions. The party has not taken any position as regards zoning; we will do that at the right time.”
Ologbondiyan said that the ruling party was entitled to only four positions, just like the PDP.
But reacting, the APC National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said the PDP would have its fingers burnt if it nursed such “senseless” ambition.
He said, “It doesn’t make sense, Nigerians won’t elect you in as the majority then you give the leadership positions to the minority. It has never happened in any proper democracy. It is absolute nonsense.
“The PDP might be up to a game, it is allowed in democracy. But what is most important is that at the end of the day, the right thing will be done.”
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Bode George Urges FG To Relax Lagos Lockdown
A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
Prince Charles, Kagame, Others Condole Buhari Over Loss Of Kyari
Prince Charles has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and people of Nigeria over the death of Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to the President.
According to a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja, last Wednesday, Prince Charles described the death of Mallam Kyari was “a desperately sad news”.
Prince Charles regretted that the death of Kyari had occurred through “this pernicious virus…I can only begin to imagine what an immense gap Mr. Kyari’s untimely death will leave in Your Excellency’s life and my heart goes to you and Mr Kyari’s family”.
In a message through the Embassy of Rwanda in Abuja, President Paul Kagame, the government and people of Rwanda extended their heart-felt condolences to the Nigerian leader.
Kagame used the opportunity “to express solidarity to the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as we are faced with the Covid-19 global crisis”.
The former Vice president, Architect Namadi Sambo in his own message to the President, described the death of Abba Kyari as a “monumental national loss”.
In his condolence message to the president, an industry leader and businessman, Abdulsamad Rabi’u said he was deeply saddened by what he described as “this colossal loss”.
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