The Social Democratic Party, SDP has thrown its weight behind the Speaker of House of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila on the choice of Principal Minority Officers announced during plenary on Wednesday.
The position of SDP was made known by its only member in the House, Hon. Tajudeen Adefisoye, who is popularly known as ‘Young Alhaji’. Adefisoye spoke with newsmen after he and his colleagues in all the minority parties read a communique which bothered on the choice of Minority Principal Officers announced by the Speaker on Wednesday.
Adefisoye told newsmen that the names read by the Speaker on the floor of the House truly reflected the choices made by members of the minority parties. ” I speak on behalf of my party, the Social Democratic Party which is one of the minority parties in the House. I want to make it amply clear that the names read on the floor of the House by the Speaker were the ones duly nominated and endorsed by
myself and other colleagues in minority parties”.
He also described the announced Principal Minority Officers by the Speaker as very competent and responsible honorable members that the House could readily vouch for their reliability and moral standings.
Hon. Adefisoye also described the names sent by the PDP to the Speaker as a mere manifestation of wishful thinking. He said, ” The names sent to the Speaker by the Peoples Democratic Party is null and void as far as we are concerned. The reality is that PDP cannot unilaterally decide on the issue of minority principal officers for all other minority parties. After all, PDP is just one party out of the multiple minority parties in the House”.
He therefore reechoed the names of Hon. Ndudi Olumelu – Minority Leader, Hon. Tobi Okechukwu – Deputy Minority Leader, Hon. Gideon Gwoni – Minority Whip and Hon. Adesegun Adekoya -Deputy Minority Whip as the true choice of members of all minority parties in the House.