The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has aligned itself with the President, the House of Representatives, the Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila on the main minority officers announced during the plenary on Wednesday.
Latest Nigeria News recalls that the House of Representatives broke out in a noisy session after Gbajabiamila announced Ms. Ndudi Elumelu as minority leader in the Green Chamber against the Hon. Kingsley Chinda.
Other major minority officials are the Hon. Tobi Okechukwu – Deputy Chief of the minority, Hon. Gideon Gwoni – Whip of the minority and Hon. Adesegun Adekoya – Whip of secondary minorities.
Reacting, the only member of the SDP in the House of Representatives Tajudeen Adefisoye, said that the names read by the President on the floor of the Chamber really reflected the decisions made by minority members.
Speaking with reporters in Abuja on Thursday, Adefisoye who is representing Idanre/Ifedore federal constituency of Ondo state, said “I speak on behalf of my party, the SDP which is one of the minority parties in the House. I want to make it amply clear that the names read on the floor of the House by the Speaker were the ones duly nominated and endorsed by myself and other colleagues in minority parties.”
He described the Principal Minority Officers announced by the speaker as very competent and responsible honourable members that the House could readily vouch for their reliability and moral standings.
Adefisoye also described the names sent by the PDP to the Speaker as a mere manifestation of wishful thinking.
He said, ”The names sent to the Speaker by the PDP is null and void as far as we are concerned. The reality is that PDP cannot unilaterally decide on the issue of minority principal officers for all other minority parties. After all, PDP is just one party out of the multiple minority parties in the House.”