Ndudi Elumelu

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has summoned its members named by the House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, as minority leaders for a meeting.

Concise News reports that Gbajabiamila named Ndidi Elumelu as the Minority Leader of the House.

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The announcement caused confusion in the parliament as the PDP, which is the largest minority party in the House, had nominated Kingsley Chinda for the position.

Other nominees by the opposition PDP for other minority positions were also rejected by Gbajabiamila.

The PDP had nominated Chukwuka Onyema as Deputy Minority Leader, Yakubu Barde as Minority Whip and Muraina Ajibola as Deputy Minority Whip.

Gbajabiamila, however, named Toby Okechukwu as Minority Leader, Gideon Gwani as Minority Whip and Adesegun Adekoya as Deputy Minority Whip.

On Thursday, the PDP summoned Elumelu and its other members named by Gbajabiamila to a meeting. The party said the meeting will hold on Friday.

During plenary, Chinda in a bid to resist Gbajabiamila’s action, sat on the seat meant for the minority leader during plenary.

Gbajabiamila refused to recognise Chinda despite the latter repeatedly indicating his interest to speak.

The PDP, sequel to this development, has now summoned the Elumelu-led minority leadership alongside some of his loyalists.

Others invited are Wole Oke, Lynda Ikpeazu, Anayo Edwin, Gideon Gwadi, Toby Okechukwu and Adekoya Abdul-Majid.

The decision of the party, according to its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, was taken at its 473rd National Executive Council meeting on Thursday.

“The summon is in line with the provisions of Chapter 10 (57)(3) of the Constitution of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).”

“The members are to appear before the members of the National Working Committee at 10 am (on Friday).” Mr Ologbondiyan said.