10th NASS Leadership: PDP, other opposition parties lawmakers – elect united – NPS

PDP, poverty

…says opposition legislators are in clear comfortable majority

By Tunde Opalana

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in collaboration with other opposition parties will determine direction of voting for principal officers in both chambers of the National Assembly on Tuesday June 13 at the inauguration of the 10th Assembly.

National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Hon. Debo Ologunagba who disclosed this Thursday in Abuja said opposition parties are pursuing common interest towards the emergence of President of the Senate, Deputy Senate President, House Speaker and Deputy Speaker.

He, however did not disclose names of common candidates being backed by opposition parties.

According to him, the opposition parties are in clear comfortable majority.

Ologunagba addressed the media at the PDP national secretariat said the PDP is against the undemocratic imposition of candidates by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The PDP spokesperson said “With regard to the current race for the Presiding Officers of the National Assembly, it is instructive to note that the opposition parties put together form a strong majority in the National Assembly and we are very mindful of that.

“The PDP leadership is working together with our members-elect and opposition Parties in the two chambers.

“Irrespective of the on-going and claims in the media, I want to inform you that the PDP has a clear direction which we hold close to our chest, our members are united in that direction and it will show on the floor of both Houses of the National Assembly on Tuesday, June 13, 2023.

“In all, we do not discountenance the fact that put the opposition parties have the majority in the National Assembly which we are ready to deploy maximally”

The party also commented on the on-going Presidential Election Petition Court and other Election Petition Tribunals across the country, with grave concern that the APC in connivance with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allegedly pervert justice.

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In addition, the party alleged that the APC and INEC want to derail the cause of justice in the various Election Petition Tribunals across the country.

Advancing reasons for such allegations, Ologunagba condemned INEC’s objection to its evidence in court, saying the electoral umpire is seeking to frustrate the court and derail the cause of justice.

The party went ahead to condemn APC’s attack on PDP members at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal premises in Ogun , Nasarawa and Kaduna states claiming that APC “plots to sustain the attacks with the intention to instill fear on judiciary so as to derail the cause of justice.

“This justifies PDP demand for live coverage of the tribunal proceeding as party members would have been watching at home instead of going to the premises.”

The party therefore, demanded the immediate transfer of the Ogun and Nasarawa Election Tribunals to Abuja for safety and guarantee of justice.

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