Speaker: Gbajabiamila, Dogara Tear PDP Apart

Speaker: Gbajabiamila, Dogara Tear PDP Apart

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers in the House of Assembly is torn between supporting either Femi Gbajabiamila or Yakubu Dogara for the position of Speaker.

The party held its retreat for national assembly members in Port Harcourt on Monday, Rivers State, where the final decision on who to back for the position of the number four man in the country was to have been taken.

However, The Post understands that the meeting could not arrive at a final decision as PDP lawmakers in Gbajabiamila’s camp rebelled against the caucus leaders and told the party to allow members-elect chose candidate of their choice as speaker.

The APC is also expected to meet with newly elected Senators and House members on Thursday at International Conference Center in Abuja.

The Port Harcourt retreat, which was attended by members of PDP national working committee, party leaders, governors, senators, house members and invited guest lecturers was to prepare its members for life in position.

Both Gbajabiamila and Dogara, the two leading aspirants in the contest for speaker of the House of Representatives were expected at the retreat to seal a deal with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, caucus but the PDP leadership felt that such physical presence would constitute a distraction.

The PDP caucus in the House having met  the two aspirants earlier in Abuja is believed to have decided to back  Dogara from Bauchi on ground that such the party to produce an APC Speaker with PDP’s appeal.

Until nine months ago, Dogara was in  the PDP and many feel he could be trusted more that  trusted Gbajabiamila who has struggled to distance himself from the leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

The Post understands that Dogara got the backing of the PDP caucus after offering to partner with one of its lawmakers, Leo Ogor, as Deputy Speaker and a juicy offer to share give 50% of committee Chair to PDP members.