PDP Crisis: 57 House Members Threaten to Dump The Party
The ongoing crisis in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may lead to the complete defection of the group of 57 members of the House of Representatives (G57) who recently declared their support for the Kawu Baraje faction of the PDP if the crisis is not resolved soon.
Chairman House Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Hon. Zakari Mohammed who dropped this hint yesterday said the intra-party crisis, which has already created a division in the ranks of the ruling party may snowball into mass defection of lawmakers to other political parties if the leaders of the ruling party failed to reach a consensus on the fate of the party.
Mohammed, who was briefing newsmen on the plan of action ahead of the resumption of the House said the lingering crisis could affect legislative business at the lower chamber of the National Assembly.
The House is expected to resume sitting on September 17, 2013.
The spokesman of the House who is also a member of the G57 expressed fears that the PDP may lose its majority status in the House if the crisis in the party was allowed to fester longer than necessary.
He said that though the ruling party has a total of two hundred and eight (208) members in the lower Chamber, more aggrieved members may join the “new PDP” or better still defect to the mainstream opposition, All Progressive Congress that controls a total of one hundred and thirty-seven (137) seats.
Mohammed warned that if the party leaders failed to resolve the crisis promptly, it would be difficult for the PDP to recover the lost grounds and win any elections in Nigeria.
He however disclosed that the House would on resumption focus on issues such as the review of the 1999 Constitution, the Petroleum Industry Bill and resume its oversight functions of Ministries Departments and Agencies.
On the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Mohammed
Said the House Committee on Education has been part of the process of resolving the dispute between the union and the federal government, adding that the efforts would continue until an amicable solution was found to the crisis.
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