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9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by afroniger: 12:43pm On May 12
…Picks Abaribe, Dogara as Senate, House Minority Leaders

May 12, 2019

LEADERS of the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have foreclosed the chance of any of its members contesting for the post of Senate President or Speaker of the House of Representatives in the incoming ninth National Assembly, sources close to the party have said.

Investigations by the Sunday Tribune confirmed that leaders of the party had been brainstorming about the role of the PDP in the incoming Assembly due for inauguration in June.

It was confirmed that at formal and informal settings in recent weeks, the issue of how to handle the next National Assembly leadership had dominated discussions within the opposition party.

First, it was concluded that the party would not make public its choice of Senate President and Speaker among the contestants on the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) until very close to the inauguration of the new Assembly.

Sources said that party leaders have resolved to keep the APC guessing on this matter and that the final meeting that would arrive at the choice of the candidate for Senate President and Speaker would only be known days to the elections.

A source in the know said that members of the National Working Committee of the PDP and the lawmakers-elect in the Senate and the House have been talking with no final decision reached on the contestants for the nation’s number three and four positions so far.


It was gathered that leaders of the party have also resolved to tell members of the party elected into the ninth Senate and House of Representatives not to drag the presiding officer positions with any of the APC members.

A source said that the party analysed its take on the 2015 to 2019 National Assembly and then resolved to change its strategy.

“It was good enough that we foisted a sort of hybrid Senate on the National Assembly in 2015 and then we also ensured that our loyalists in the person of the Speaker of the House, Honourable Yakubu Dogara got elected in 2015.

“It served as a morale booster that equally helped to galvanise our members in the two chambers. But going forward, it has been adopted that none of our members would drag the presiding officer positions with the APC in June. The idea is to make impact without necessarily dragging positions,” the source said.

Another source stated that the PDP has resolved to allow the APC run its government so that the main opposition party can face the role of opposition between 2019 and 2023.

“During the 2019 electioneering, the APC went about blaming its failure on the hostile National Assembly being led by the opposition. Right now, we are of the view that the idea has served its purpose. From now, we won’t give further room for unfounded excuses by the APC,” the source stated.

It was also gathered that the party has resolved to pick the Senator representing Abia South, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who currently chairs the Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy as its Minority Leader in the ninth Senate.

Sources also said that Hon. Dogara has been chosen as the Minority Leader of the 9th House of Representatives.

In picking the duo, it was gathered that the party is gunning for consistency and loyalty, while also appreciating Dogara for his firm grip on members in the House.

https://www.tribuneonlineng.com/211077/
Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by rusher14: 1:18pm On May 12
grin

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Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by Hoykin: 7:26pm On May 12
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Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by Dozie32: 7:26pm On May 12
Still looking for what to comment coz naija don taya me finish.

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Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by Decolonel(m): 7:26pm On May 12
I blame one cow from Daura.

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Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by Owaincouncil: 7:27pm On May 12
There problem.

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Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by drstan(m): 7:27pm On May 12
there problem, abeg who get 1k way e no de use again,

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Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by ainas247: 7:27pm On May 12
cool
Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by emmasege: 7:28pm On May 12
It's in the interest of democracy in Nigeria that PDP hijacks NASS from APC in the the 9th assembly, either directly or indirectly.

National Assembly is the soul of democracy and Buhari's APC can't be entrusted with that, having almost successfully intimidated the judiciary.

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Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by zicoraads: 7:28pm On May 12
Believe this, you'll believe anything. cheesy grin

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Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by aolawale025: 7:28pm On May 12
They simply don't have the numbers.
But anything could still happen

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Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by yeyeboi(m): 7:29pm On May 12
Ok
Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by AntiWailer: 7:29pm On May 12
Shameless Dogara.

From Speaker to Minority leader.

Must he die as a principal officer in the house ?

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Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by JFT24(m): 7:30pm On May 12
Before nko, what would they have done? miracle? Abracadabra

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Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by RichBoy247: 7:30pm On May 12
So PDP is afraid of the Saraki treatment. I am sure Saraki regretted stealing the seat against the party's wishes. Nobody wants to go through what Saraki went through and even still going through.

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Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by contigiency(m): 7:36pm On May 12
Pdp is just wasting their time. Let them come oshomole is waiting for them.

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Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by Nobody: 7:40pm On May 12
rusher14:
grin

Bad guy.... hahahahaha

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Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by DoTheNeedful: 7:41pm On May 12
From a Speaker to being a Minority Leader. What a promotion. Isn't this God wonderful? wink grin

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Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by Awol1(m): 7:41pm On May 12
I smell Red Haring.

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Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by morikee(m): 7:46pm On May 12
Abeg Dss dey and Bubu na full blown dictator seff so PDP u have no chance
Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by Pavore9: 7:50pm On May 12
When reality sets in.

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Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by starstaz(m): 8:01pm On May 12
rusher14:
grin
Squeezeeeeee!

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Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by garfield1: 8:04pm On May 12
Gbajabiamila is the next speaker but for lawan,its dicey
Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by LuckyM: 8:21pm On May 12
I'm sensing a serious deceit in this whole thing. However, June shall tell
Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by Politicowizard(m): 8:50pm On May 12
I can sense a party laying serious ambush
Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by goshee: 8:59pm On May 12
AntiWailer:
Shameless Dogara.

From Speaker to Minority leader.

Must he die as a principal officer in the house ?
better than your father, your grand father and all your ancestors
Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by goshee: 9:00pm On May 12
DoTheNeedful:
From a Speaker to being a Minority Leader. What a promotion. Isn't this God wonderful? wink grin
congrat as your papa will be heading the next HOR
Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by AntiWailer: 9:04pm On May 12
goshee:
better than your father, your grand father and all your ancestors

You must have assumed everybody's father and lineage will be as useless as yours.

Hopeless idiot

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Re: 9th NASS: PDP Forecloses Contest For Senate President, Speaker by enemyofprogress: 9:23pm On May 12
Dozie32:
Still looking for what to comment coz naija don taya me finish.
relocate to kwara state

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