PDP Backs Chinda, Opposes Elumelu In Reps’ Leadership Tussle

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has reaffirmed Hon. Kingsley Chinda is the party’s Minority Leader in the House of Representatives.

Chinda seeks the same recognition in the lower chamber despite the latter previously announcing Hon. Hon. Ndudi Elumelu as Leader of the opposition party.

The House, last week, referred to its Ethics and Privileges Committee a motion urging that Chinda be investigated for parading himself as Minority Leader of the PDP caucus. But Chinda’s party swiftly came to his rescue.

Kola Ologbondiyan, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, in his statement Friday, said: “The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wishes to clarify its position on the PDP Caucus at the House of Representatives as follows:”

“That the suspension placed on some PDP members who connived with others to supplant the party decision with regards to party positions in the House is subsisting and has not been lifted.

“That the suspended members of the party cannot, therefore, conduct any business of the party at whatever level until disciplinary measures have been concluded.

“That the National Working Committee (NWC) in its wisdom, knowing that nature abhors a vacuum and consistent with its position on the matter which has not changed, directed that the affairs of the PDP Caucus of the House of Representatives be organised and managed by Hon. Kingsley Chinda, Hon. Yakubu Barde, Hon. Chukwuka Onyema and Hon. Muraina Ajibola.”

“All PDP NASS members and organs are to note this and accord the irreversible party choices the necessary support to execute the party’s mandate in distinction as they have been doing so far.”

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