Following the preparation ahead of the election to choose the minority leader of the National House of Senate, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal has been allegedly anointed by the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, for the position of Senate Minority Leader of the 10th Senate.
Premium Politics had earlier reported that the PDP National Working Committee held a meeting with senators elected on the platform of the party on Monday, at the Wadata Plaza, the national secretariat of the party in Abuja.
However, reports revealed that at the meeting, held by seven NWC members and 25 out of 36 PDP Senators, PDP leaders resolved to adopt Tambuwal as its candidate for the position of Minority Leader of the red chamber.
Meanwhile, the party NWC determined to delay the announcement of Tambuwal’s nomination until the majority of its Senators and NWC members return to Abuja from the Sallah break.
One of the members of the party NWC, who spoke with The Punch in confidence, said Tambuwal was chosen because the party believed in him.
“At the meeting, we chose Tambuwal for a couple of reasons. He is experienced and can defend the PDP in a minority position against a rampaging Federal Government.
“A letter will be sent to the Senate President on Tuesday (today) on the need for our caucus in the Senate to deliberate further and arrive at the list of officers chosen to represent the party in the minority positions. Because of the Sallah break, most of our Senators and NWC members are not yet in town. Nobody wants to take a factional decision.
“Even the acting National Chairman, Umar Damagun was not at the meeting. The meeting was presided over by the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba.”
While also speaking shortly after the meeting on Monday, Ologunagba in a statement, revealed that the party decided to hold on, concerning its position on the Senate minority leadership position because it needed adequate consultation to move ahead.