Reps minority leadership: Ayu-led-committee submits reports to BOT, exonerates Elumelu, Adekoya, others

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The committee constituted by the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Board of Trustees to look into the minority leadership crisis in the House of Representatives has finally submitted its report.

Chairman of the committee and former President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, along with a member of the committee, former Senate President Senator Adolphus Wabara, submitted the report to the PDP BOT chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin on Monday, 9th September, 2019 in his Legacy Building office, Abuja.

Other members of the committee included former Senate president, Senator David Mark, a former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ibrahim Mantu and a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Austin Opara.

In the report sighted and perused by our correspondent, the committee unanimously exonerated Hon. Ndudi Elumelu and six others of any complicity in the nomination and official announcement of the minority leadership of the House of Representatives.

The committee in its recommendation, also advised the National Working Committee of the PDP to work with Hon. Ndudi Elumelu and other minority leadership officers of the House, for the purpose of having a united and stronger PDP in the National Assembly.

The committee admonished the leadership of the minority caucus in the House of Representatives to, at all times, continue to carry members of the minority caucus and the leadership of the party along, in consonance with the rules and tenets of democratic principles.

Speaking at the brief, but impressive ceremony, the PDP BOT chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin, commended the chairman and members of the committee for a job well done and said that the BOT will look into the report and come up with its ruling and recommendations soon.

It would be recalled that hardly had Gbajabiamila announced Hon. Ndudi Elumelu from Delta State as the Minority Leader, Toby Okechukwu from Enugu State, Deputy Minority Leader, Hon. Gideon Gwani, Minority Whip and Hon. Adesegun Adekoya as the Deputy Minority Whip than an imbroglio ensued amongst mainly the members of the opposition parties.

It would also be recalled that the National Working Committee of PDP had nominated Hon. Kingsley Chinda as the Minority Leader from Rivers State, Hon. Chukwuka Onyema from Anambra State as the Deputy Minority Leader, Hon. Yakubu Barde from Kaduna State as the Minority Whip and Hon. Muriano Ajibola from Oyo State as Deputy Minority Whip

This action infuriated the 99 out of the 147 opposition members who endorsed Elumelu and his grpup.

Also, the member  representing Zoni/Gwiwa federal Constituency of Jigawa State, Hon. Mohammed Kauzere also insisted that its the lawmakers and not the political parties should nominate principal officers of the House.

Briefing Correspondents, he said that the selection of principal officers was the business of the lawmakers amongst themselves and not the political party.

“It is injustice for any party to impose leaders of the house on the members of the house because we need the 9thassembly to work in unity, peace and progress so that Nigeria will enjoy the 9th assembly. Kazaure said.

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