We Dissociate Ourselves From The Purported Endorsement Of Femi Gbajabiamila As Speaker, Says The PDP.

Bago & Femi.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s in the House of Representatives has spoken in denial of the widely circulating endorsement of Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila for the position of speakership of the House of Representatives.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, June 5, the Minority Leader of the house, Honourable Leo Ogor said that while the caucus has directed its members to participate in meetings and strategy sessions of the APC Speakership aspirants, they never directed them to consider voting for any of the aspirants.

According to him, the PDP’s national leadership and members of the PDP caucus will consider the national interest and take a collective decision on whom to vote for on June 11 when the House is scheduled to be inaugurated.

“Contrary to what has been sensationally reported by some, at no time did we give our members a directive to vote for any APC speakership aspirant; I hereby categorically dissociate myself and the PDP House Caucus from the false comments being attributed to us as participation in meetings should not be deliberately misinterpreted as a directive on voting.

“Of the three arms of government, the legislature is the first when it comes to the ethos and praxis of democracy; hence, our willingness to further facilitate democratic values and legislative camaraderie - values that are lacking in the ruling party - up till that day when our great party, the PDP, will take a decision.

“Indeed, on May 22 and again, on June 4, all the House Speakership aspirants of note came one after another, to meet and discuss their plans with the leadership of the PDP House Caucus.
“While we have taken the decision to enable all individual members to interact and exchange perspectives, the PDP House Caucus shall - with the input and advice of our party’s national leadership – take a final decision soon, in the interest of Nigeria and we will communicate our formal position to the public.

“Our unflinching commitment to the principles and ethos of democracy, our keenness for dialogue and our willingness to make sacrifice for the national interest should not be unduly exaggerated as a tacit endorsement or assurance of vote for any candidate of the ruling party.”