Reps seek Rules and Business Committee advice on opposition leadership




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ABUJA – The House of Representatives on Tuesday in Abuja mandated the Rules and Business Committee look into the leadership composition of the in the House and advise it.
The committee is expected report back to the House within two weeks.
This resolution followed a motion on privilege moved by Rep. Leo Ogor ( PDP-Delta), based on Order 19 (1) and (2) of the House, specifically on item 31 which deals with minority parties.
According him, since the ANPP, ACN and CPC have merged to become APC; it behooves them to nominate new leaders among them.
The positions, according him, are those of the Minority Leader, Deputy Minority Leader, Minority Whip and Deputy Minority Whip.
Ogor said that it was not proper for one party in the House occupy all the available opposition leadership positions.
He said that the minority parties ought have written to the House to inform it of the composition of its leadership after the merger.
Rep. Femi Gajabiamila (APC-Lagos) said that it was out of place for Ogor raise a matter of privilege as he was not a member of the minority party.
He said that the rules of the House did not specifically say that the minority should write the House on the composition of its leadership.
Rep. Uche Ekwunife (APGA-Anambra) said that the current leadership of the minority after the merger was not chosen by the entire membership of the minority.
“The minority parties have not met nominate officials,” she said.
Rep. Debo Ologunagba (Labour-Ondo) said that Ogor was in order as the privilege being canvassed by him was a collective one.
He explained that the moment the names of the parties ceased, the leadership positions ceased too.
Rep. Abiola Ajaja (Accord-Oyo) said that every party that made the opposition in the House should have a share of the leadership positions. (NAN)