PDP denies move to hijack Senate leadership

By Post Nigeria June 4, 2015 12:31

PDP denies move to hijack Senate leadership

Despite analysts predicting that due to the confusion in the All Progressives Congress, APC, over the leadership of the Senate arm of the National Assembly, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would field a candidate for the Senate Presidency, the PDP has denied such claims.

The PDP said that it has no candidate for the offices of the Senate President and Deputy Senate President via Chief Olisa Metuh, PDP National Publicity Secretary.

Metuh, who made the disclosure while talking to journalists, explained that as the new opposition and minority in the National Assembly, it was not contemplating imposing the leadership for the Senate; neither was it plotting to present the present President of the Senate, Senator David Mark as a candidate for the Presidency.

Metuh, who stressed that it was an established norm that the party with the majority presents leadership at the National Assembly, said, “That was not part of the PDP retreat for members of the National Assembly in Port Harcourt. PDP has no such plot to upstage the All Progressives Congress (APC) in presenting leadership at the National Assembly, contrary to the known norms.

    “The truth is that it was not discussed at all at the Port Harcourt retreat. The truth is that we have no candidate for Senate President or Deputy Senate President.

    “The truth is that we are ready to present a credible opposition to the All Progressives Congress as the ruling party. We wish President Muhammadu Buhari success and hope he would be able to turn around the economy.”

Metuh said that at the Port Harcourt retreat, Mark and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, were only applauded for stabilizing democracy and the National Assembly.

Confirming what Metuh said, some PDP Senators from the South-West, South-South and South-East geo-political zones of the country also denied the report that the PDP was plotting to present Mark as a candidate for the Senate President.

Speaking at different times, former Chairman of the PDP in Delta State and the Senator-elect for Delta North, Peter Nwaoboshi; PDP Senator-elect for Imo State, Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu and Senator Duro Faseyi from Ekiti State, separately denied that the PDP took a decision in Port Harcourt to present David Mark as the Senate president candidate.

    “There was no truth in the report that PDP has decided to field David Mark as Senate President. We know the norms, which is that the party with the majority in both the Senate and House of Representatives should present the leadership in the National Assembly,” Nwaoboshi said.

    “We know the norms and this is that the party with the highest number of senators should present both senate president and deputy senate present. It is not true that the Port Harcourt retreat was aimed at presenting David Mark as a PDP consensus senate president candidate,” Anyanwu said.

Fayesi, in his own statement, said the retreat was basically designed to among other aims, help to re-strategize and position PDP as the main opposition party, stressing that there was no truth in the report that PDP was plotting to present a candidate for the office of the Senate President.