by Kolapo Olapoju
While the All Progressives Congress delays in agreeing on candidates for National Assembly leadership, the Peoples Democratic Party is reportedly planning to field a candidate on June 6 when an election would be held to pick a new speaker for the House of Representatives.
According to a report by Vanguard newspapers, the PDP caucus has held series of meetings in different locations within Abuja to strategise on how the party can present a speakership candidate to sidestep the APC.
The strategy of the PDP is believed to be hinged on Section 50(b) of the 1999 constitution, as amended, where it is expressly stated that the lawmakers shall pick their leaders among themselves.
One of those championing the move explained in detail to Vanguard what the constitution says about electing a Speaker of the House of Representatives.
“Do not also forget that section 4 of our House rule states that” “a member-elect , addressing the clerk shall propose another member-elect with legislative experience as member of National Assembly to the House to be Speaker and shall move that such member-elect do take the chair as speaker of the House of Representatives”.
“You can clearly see that both the constitution and the House never mentioned that a party or a group of people should pick a speaker rather the members of the Green Chamber on our own should elect our leaders”.
“We are 139 and we can use this figure to turn the table in our favour by fielding a reliable and popular lawmaker who is a great bridge builder among us.”