The lawmakers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the National Assembly have restructured the leadership of the party to organise the House in preparation for what they described as the mass defection of politicians from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) after the February 26 elective convention.
The PDP lawmakers also charged all presidential aspirants of the party to avoid hate speeches and use foul language in their political campaigns.
At a meeting with one of the party’s presidential aspirants and former President of the Senate, Anyim Pius Anyim, in Abuja, yesterday, the PDP council in the two chambers of the National Assembly noted that it had become necessary for the leadership of PDP to ensure total harmony among its members.
Leading the council, the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe and his coequal in the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu, told Anyim to expect more presidential aspirants from the party.
In his remarks, Abaribe told Anyim to strengthen his grip on the grassroots population, emphasising that popularity and grassroots acceptance would count as assets for the PDP and Nigerians’ desire for a new nation in the next election.
“How can we tell you not to go ahead being one of our own? On behalf of the joint caucus of the National Assembly, we say go on and take charge. We are with you,” Abaribe assured.
Elumelu, who spoke later, said: “I want to thank our presidential hopeful for bringing the light and leading the way by being the first to come and consult with the National Assembly caucus. You have set the pace and we understand what this means to the grassroots and for that, I give you kudos.
“It behoves on us to be more united. The fallout of February 26 (date slated for APC elective convention) will form a new Nigeria where PDP will be leading the progressives to rescue Nigeria. And for that, I want to plead with our presidential hopefuls to talk to their supporters. We should not abuse ourselves; we should not insult ourselves.”
“At the end of the day, it is the same house that we all belong to. Let all of you go out and canvass for support. Tell the people why you think you are competent enough to be the President of Nigeria and carry our flag. That is very important. We don’t want to see people talking about age and what is not encouraging.”
On his part, Anyim, the Presidential aspirant and a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation said he would always see the National Assembly as his primary constituency, adding that he would be guided by whatever advice he got from the PDP council in the federal parliament.
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