PDP can be both senate president and speaker, says senate leader

As the clamour for the leadership of the two chambers of the National Assembly continues, Senate leader Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN) has declared   that there is no law in the constitution excluding members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from running for the positions.

Ndoma-Egba also blamed PDP governors for the party’s defeat at the just concluded general elections, saying their imposition of unpopular candidates made the party lose votes.

He made these statements over the weekend while delivering a paper on “Majority and Minority Parties in the Legislature: Party Defection (Cross-carpeting in the Legislature)” at the induction course for legislators-elect of the 8th National Assembly at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.

On the issue of who will occupy leadership positions in both chambers of the National Assembly, the Senate leader explained that the constitution is silent on the political parties which will produce them.

On the ruling party’s loss at the polls, Ndoma-Egba said the road to the March 28/April 11 electoral defeat of the PDP started from the December 2014 primaries when the governors deliberately shut out popular candidates and imposed theirs on the party, leading to an exodus of unhappy party men from the PDP without any corresponding influx.

“After the last so-called primaries, there was a lot of traffic out of the PDP and no corresponding traffic into it. The party simply imploded under the weight of governors’ impunity and arrogance. The PDP carefully choreographed its downfall. It worked very hard at it and got the result it deserved,” the Senate leader, himself a victim of such scheming, stated.

“While the law has clearly stated the circumstances under which a person elected on the platform of a political party can switch parties, nothing restricts those who are not in the legislature from switching parties,” he added

 

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