The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has picked Ali Ndume and Umar Bago as their preferred candidates for Ninth National Assembly’s senate president and speaker of the house of representatives respectively.
Okay.ng reports that Umar Tsauri, the party’s national secretary, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday morning.
Tsauri said the party’s national working committee (NWC) took the decision after consulting with party leaders, governors and federal lawmakers.
The statement read:
“The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after very extensive consultations with critical stakeholders resolves 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 with 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.”