Senate Presidency: We Have No Candidate, Says PDP
The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said yesterday that it has no candidate for the offices of the Senate President and Deputy Senate President.
The PDP, however, denied the allegation that as a party, it was plotting to change norms at the National Assembly where the party with the majority of elected senators or members of the House of Representatives presents the leadership at the National Assembly.
Speaking with journalists, yesterday, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, who noted that the party, which has now become the new opposition in the National Assembly, was not contemplating imposing the leadership for the Senate, however, denied that it was 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.”
According to the PDP spokesperson, the Port Harcourt retreat only commended Senators David Mark and Ike Ekweremadu for stabilizing democracy and National Assembly, adding: “So, it is not true that PDP is plotting to present a candidate for the Senate President and Deputy Senate President.”
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