Following the inauguration of the ninth National Assembly today, June 11, 2019, the Peoples Democratic Party says it has endorsed Senator Ali Ndume for the exalted position of Senate President.
The party also chose Hon. Umar Mohammed Bago as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The PDP made this known in a press release made available to newsmen on Tuesday morning.
However, Senator Ndume representing Borno-South, in his acceptance speech, urged his colleagues to vote according to their conscience.
He also vowed to work with the executive to ensure speedy passage of National Budgets and Laws.
Read the statement below.
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.