PDP Senators Meet, Plan On How To Get Committee Positions‎

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PORT HARCOURT (Sundiata Post) – Senators of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesolved to bank on the provision of the Senate Standing Rules 2015 in the distribution of Standing Committees.
The federal legislators, who intensified their lobby for strategic committees, held a closed door meeting of the caucus shortly after Tuesday’s plenary.
Sources close to the caucus hinted that the senators resolved to uphold the Senate Standing Rules 2015 in the distribution of Standing Committees, which the Senate President is expected to unveil any moment from now.
Sources at the meeting further disclosed that the meeting bordered on the proposed committee membership, chairmanship and vice chairmanship.
It was learnt  that the PDP senators resolved to push for complete adherence to Rule 3(2)(IV) of the Senate standing orders 2015 as amended, which placed more emphasis on geopolitical spread in allocation of committees.
“Senators of the PDP have resolved to stick by the Senate Standing Rules in the composition of the Standing committees. Unlike what happened in recent past when part of the Rules were violated in favour of partisan lines, the senators have resolved to stick to the Rules and defend what is due to the Party. We will not allow ourselves to be shirt hanged, while also emphasising the adoption of ranking as appropriate,” a source declared.
Senate’s Rule 3(2)(IV) Reads: “The appointment of Senators as Chairmen and members of Committees shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the six geo-Political Zones of the Country and there shall be no predominance of Senators from a few Geo-Political Zones”.
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It was gathered that the PDP senators resolved that they would not allow the party to be short-changed in the distribution of chairmanship and vice chairmanship positions that would be due to the party.
The lawmakers were also said to have resolved that they would emphasise on ranking as contained in their Rule book in the distribution of the committee positions.
The development is coming on the heels of indications that the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, is set to announce the creation of additional eight committees to take the Senate standing committees to 64.
The eight new committees are said to have been sources from the spilt in the existing standing committees, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Education, Information, Media and Agriculture.

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