Reps Minority and PDP Caucuses Disavow 60 Opposition Lawmakers

Abuja – The Minority and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucuses in the House of Representatives have officially distanced themselves from the purported coalition of 60 opposition lawmakers in the Green Chamber, stating that such an entity holds no recognition within the parliament, and they refuse to be associated with it.

This response comes in the wake of a briefing on Monday by a member, Ikenga Ugochinyere, and five others representing the coalition, wherein they called for the resignation of the acting National Chairman of the PDP, Umar Damagum.

In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, signed by all minority caucus leaders, including Kingsley Chinda (Caucus Leader), Ali Madaki (Deputy Leader), Ali Isah J.C. (Minority Whip), and George Ozodinobi (Deputy Minority Whip), the caucuses firmly stated: “Our attention has been brought to a press release by the group, and we unequivocally state that the minority caucus and PDP caucus dissociate themselves from the said press statement.

“The coalition of lawmakers led by Ikenga Ugochinyere is unrecognized within the parliament, and both caucuses vehemently condemn their absurd actions, as well as their disrespectful and unparliamentary language.

“It is imperative for the public to understand that such a coalition lacks legitimacy within the parliament, and their demands do not reflect the stance of the minority parties.

“We urge these lawmakers to refrain from spreading further misinformation to the public and to conduct themselves with integrity.”

The aforementioned 60 PDP federal lawmakers, operating under the umbrella of the opposition lawmakers coalition, had threatened on Monday to defect from the party if what they claimed to be a doctored list of local government caretaker committees in Rivers and 10 other states, allegedly filled with members and loyalists of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was not rectified.

Moreover, the lawmakers accused the PDP chairman of engaging in anti-party activities and alleged his intention to hand over the PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

They further demanded the resignation of the acting chairman of PDP, Umar Damagum, advocating for a person from the north central region to assume the interim chairmanship of the party until the convention is held in accordance with the party’s constitution.

Additionally, they accused the PDP chairman of plotting to impeach Rivers State governor, Siminalayi Fubara.


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