Following the minority leadership crisis in the House of Representatives, a community leader in Abia State, Suleiman Ukandu, condemned the decision of the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, over his declaration of Tony Elumelu as the Minority leader of the lower chamber.
Elumelu, who represents Aniocha/Oshimili federal constituency of Delta State was announced as the Minority leader of the house.
Recall that the Speaker had announced names of minority leadership chosen by members while disregarding the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s letter endorsing some members for the positions.
The PDP had chosen Reps Kingsley Chinda as Minority Leader, Chukwuka Onyema (PDP-Anambra), Deputy Minority Leader; Yakubu Bade (PDP-Kaduna), Minority Whip and Muraina Ajibola (PDP-Oyo); Deputy Minority Whip.
However, Gbajabiamila announced Elumelu as Minority Leader; Reps Toby Okechukwu (PDP-Enugu), Deputy Minority Leader; Gideon Gwami, Minority Whip and Adesegun Adekoya as Deputy Minority Whip.
Ukandu, while speaking during an interview with newsmen, stated that the Speaker of the House and Elumelu were commissioned by the All Progressives Congress-led federal government to set the crisis in the opposition party.
“That is pure hypocrisy on the side of the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila. The speaker himself inherited that particular aspect of party supremacy. His party, the APC, said Gbajabiamila should be their candidate for the speakership of the ninth Federal House of Representatives. And all his party members adhered to that. Why should the speaker again, try to truncate the supremacy of another party?”
“I think Gbajabiamila is trying to set crisis in the PDP. He want to disorganize members of the PDP, who are in the federal House of Representatives in order to deny them a voice, in order to make sure that it did not in anyway witness resistance from the already-planned policies, which he(speaker) and his draconian APC, have on desk. I think he supposedly did that.”
“And i believe that if Honorable Ndudi Elumelu, is a true party man, he wouldn’t have accepted such unnecessary carrots that dangled to him. He should understand, there is already a preplanned agenda by the APC, as regards the Federal House of Representatives. They had a plan to destabilize the PDP. They have a plan to control the house to their whims and caprices”.