The Peoples Democratic party backed Ali Ndume and Umar Bago for the position of the Senate President of the 9th Nigerian Senate and Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives.
The 9th assembly will be inaugurated today 11th in the upper and Lower chambers by their clerks.
Ahmad Lawan, senator representing Yobe North is from the North East and he was the former Senate Leader of the 8th Assembly
Senator Ali Ndume is from Borno south and was also a senate Leader in the 8th Assembly, from North East just like is counterpart.
Just like the Senate Presidency race, Femi Gbajabiamila and Umar Bago arealso depending on the vote from the opposition party (PDP) for the position of the Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives.
In a statement issued on Monday night by its National Secretary, Sen. Umaru Ibrahim Tsauri, PDP said the decision is in the best interest of the nation.
The statement reads:
“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 to 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 statement added