In a significant political development, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has requested Senate President Godswill Akpabio postpone the selection of the Senate Minority Leader ahead of today’s Senate resumption. The decision was reached during a meeting of the party’s National Working Committee held in Abuja on Monday.
The PDP’s leadership aims to transmit a formal letter to Akpabio, urging him to refrain from filling the crucial position in the upper legislative chamber at this time. The party’s request stems from their desire to produce the Senate Minority Leader autonomously, without the need for lobbying or assessing individual popularity among senators.
Adding intrigue to the situation, the G5 Faction of the PDP recently held a meeting with Senate President Akpabio to advocate for a member of their faction to be appointed as the Minority Leader. The influential faction comprises former governors Nyesom Wike, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Okezie Ikpeazu, Samuel Ortom, and the current governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde.
Contrary to the PDP’s stance, the Senate leadership insists that members vying for the Minority Leader position should personally lobby their colleagues and gauge their support. According to reports, the Senate President’s office conveyed this condition.
Within the PDP, the former governor of Sokoto State and Senator, Aminu Tambuwal, is believed to be the preferred choice for the Minority Leader position. The party’s spokesperson, Debo Ologunagba, officially communicated this decision. However, it remains to be seen how the Senate President and other senators will respond to the PDP’s request and the ensuing lobbying efforts.
The PDP’s attempt to influence the appointment of the Senate Minority Leader signifies a critical power struggle within the party. As the Senate resumes its sessions, all eyes will be on the unfolding developments, which may have significant implications for the balance of power and political dynamics in Nigeria.