Speaker/Senate President: PDP Plots To Take Control of N’Assembly
There are indications that the Peoples Democratic Party is scheming to assume control of the National Assembly following the failure of the All Progressives Congress leaders to agree on zoning of offices.
Saturday PUNCH gathered on Friday that the PDP caucuses in the two chambers of the National Assembly were plotting to benefit from the squabbles in the APC by teaming up with aggrieved elements in the latter.
The aim of such an alliance, investigations showed, would be the emergence of a speaker and a senate president different from candidates approved by the APC.
It was learnt that the PDP hoped that by ensuring its choices emerged as the speaker and the senate president, it would “snatch” the control of the eighth National Assembly from the APC.
A member of the PDP caucus in the House, who pleaded anonymity, said, “Although we are not disputing the fact that the APC should produce leaders of the National Assembly, we will ensure that those who will emerge are people we prefer, not the choices of the APC leaders.
“By doing that, we will snatch the control of the National Assembly from them, just as the APC controlled the House through Aminu Tambuwal.”
The APC leaders had on Thursday failed to reach a decision on zoning of political offices at their meeting in Abuja.
There were reports that the APC’s National Working Committee had recommended some zoning arrangements to its National Executive Committee.
According to the reports, the position of the senate president seat was zoned to the North-Central and the Deputy Senate President to the North-East.
There were two accounts on the zoning of speakership. While one stated that the post of speakership was zoned to the South-West, the other indicated that it was meant for the North-East.
The deputy speakership was said to have been zoned to the South-South
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