The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has stated that it backed Senator Ali Ndume and Hon. Umar Bago for Senate Presidency and Speaker in order to protect the sanctity of the 9th National Assembly.
In a statement on Tuesday morning by the National Secretary of the PDP, Umaru Ibrahim Tsauri, the party stated that the decision was reached after extensive consultation with critical stakeholders.
He said, “After very extensive consultations with critical stakeholders resolve to support Senator Ali Ndume and Hon. Umar Mohammed Bago for Senate President and Speaker of House of Representatives respectively, ahead of National Assembly inauguration on Tuesday.
“The final resolution on Senator Ndume and Hon. Bago was reached at the end of a decisive meeting of members of the National Working Committee, party leaders, state governors as well as senators and members-elect on the platform of the PDP.
“This decision is in the best interest of the nation, in line with our party’s determination to deepen democracy, ensure a strong and independent legislature, strict compliance to the principle of separation of powers as well as constitutional checks and balances in the polity.
“All senators and members-elect on the platform of the PDP are to be guided accordingly.”
Naija News reports that the inauguration and election of the 9th National Assembly will hold today, Tuesday, June 11.