NASS leadership election: PDP constitutes fact-finding committee

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has set up a fact-finding committee on the role played by some of its members at the election of the presiding officers of the National Assembly.

PDP had endorsed Senator Ali Ndume as their preferred candidate for the Senate Presidency and Umar Bago for the position of Speaker few hours before the NASS election but both candidates failed to secure the expected vote of PDP lawmakers.

A statement issued by PDP national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, Monday revealed that the Committee has former President of the Senate, Senator Adolphus Wabara as Chairman while former national secretary of the PDP, Prof. Wale Oladipo, will serve as secretary.

Other members of the committee include; Senator Ibrahim Mantu, Senator Stella Omu, Hon Austin Opara, Senator Abdul Ningi, Hon (Mrs) Margaret Icheen, among others.

According to the statement, the terms of reference of the committee include “To find out why some of our Honorable members and senators-elect then, failed to abide by the decision of the party during the National Assembly leadership election;

“To find out whether there is any involvement of the ruling Party in the decision taken by the members involved; Where there are established reasons for taking the action by members, the committee should identify such so that the party can create mutual and political atmosphere for reasonable interaction with Senators and Honourable members;

“To find out and recommend ways to checkmate such tendencies in the future and ensure that, moving forward, all members work together to defend the interest of the party at all times and circumstances.

The committee is given three weeks from the date of its inauguration to report to the NWC.

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