Ahead of today’s inauguration of the ninth National Assembly,the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has adopted the duo of Senator Ali Ndume and Mohammed Bago for the positions of Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively.
The decision to adopt the duo was reached at the end of a decisive meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) which had in attendance,party leaders,state governors, Senators and House of Representatives members elected on the platform of the PDP.
The party in a press statement issued on Monday in Abuja by its National Secretary, Senator Umar Ibrahim Tsauri said the party’s National Assembly members have been directed to vote the two candidates.
“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,” the party said
The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) earlier endorsed Senator Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila as the party’s candidates for the positions.