By Henry Umoru
ABUJA — STRONG indications emerged yesterday that the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, may have tactfully shunned attempts to influence the election of other House principal officers.
Vanguard gathered that the move became imperative to avoid suffering another round of humiliation which may be similar to what took place when Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and his men rubbished the zoning formula of the party.
It was also gathered that the way and manner the issue of who makes the other key positions of the House of Representatives is generating, the South-West caucus of PDP has also distanced itself from interfering and also against the backdrop of discordant tunes which trailed its initial attempts to midwife the emergence of a candidate from south-west as Speaker on the basis of initial zoning formula.
Members of the House of Representatives, as gathered, are prepared for a show down with the PDP if it attempts to impose any candidate on them, just as members want to elect their leaders in a democratic manner the way they did during the emergence of Tambuwal and Emeka Ihedioha.
According to the source, members have resolved not to allow any external influence to determine the direction that the House must face including the PDP, adding that the House of Representative is also prepared for another collision course with the Presidency on zoning of its principal offices following alleged moves by agents of the Presidential villa to determine the who gets what, as the leadership prepares to release the list of principal officials and headship of different House Committees this week.
The most controversial among the principal offices being contested for at the moment is that of the House Leader which the leadership had zoned to the south-west at least to compensate the zone for not having the position of Speaker which went to North West.
The contest for the office sparked up the controversy with alleged attempts by two top government functionaries to impress it on the leadership to elect the President’s choice, Honourable Mulikat Adeola Akande as the House Leader, a request that was said to have been rejected by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House Caucus.
According to a source, the PDP Caucus according to members are having another dimension of gender into the entire scenario, just as they are saying that such a sensitive position could not be given to a woman.
Three candidates have emerged in contest for the post of House Leader, and they include Hon Mulikat, Hon Muraina Ajibola and Hon Kareem Tajudeen Abisodun, all who equally contested the Speakership seat which was zoned originally to the south-west.
Muraina may attract sympathy votes from his colleagues if no woman for the position is brought to the fold because he was short-changed during the election of Speaker, since he was the initial choice by the Chairman, Board of Trustees, BoT and former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the PDP and the Presidency.