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PDP Lawmakers Lament Over Marginalization In Senate

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The lingering crisis rocking the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after its presidential primaries in 2022 has deepened as some members of the party in the National Assembly are lamenting of being marginalized.

It would be recalled mid last year when the PDP had its primary to elect its presidential candidate for the 2023 presidential election, a major contender for the ticket, Nyesom Wike, a former Governor of Rivers State who lost to the eventual flag bearer of the party, Atiku Abubakar felt disgruntled for not emerging as the party’s presidential candidate.

To this, Wike who was defeated by Atiku decided not to participate in the party’s presidential campaign and broke out from the party with other five governors for the period of the election.

This, however created enmity in the public eye between Wike, Atiku and the PDP.

This enmity has to a large extent created a crisis which the party has been silent about.

It has also affected the vibrancy of the party as an opposition party as well as for members in the parliament.

To this PDP Senators in the Senate say that the party doesn’t have a say in selecting the Senate Minority Leader, noting that the situation has gone out of hand because the party was not there to come to their aid.

A senator from the northeast in an interview with The PUNCH said, “The PDP lawmakers are very helpless in this administration of the 10th Assembly.

“Public Accounts committee was given to the Social Democratic Party that has just two members. This has never happened before.”

Due to the lack of vibrancy of the opposition party, the senators are now fighting for themselves without the support of the party.

He said, “There is no PDP anymore; we can’t collectively do anything anymore because there is no party to back us. Individuals are only fighting for themselves.

“Some have even taken over, calling themselves the ‘new generation lawmakers’; these are those who came from the House of Reps.

“They are so lawless; in fact, they have turned the Senate upside down. Our rules are no longer respected. It is such a sad thing.”

“Wike has taken over the PDP. Nobody will fight for us. We are now being treated anyhow by Akpabio and his men,” another PDP lawmaker said.

“No PDP lawmaker will like to talk to you so as not to be used as a scapegoat. Our minority leader is subservient to the majority; we don’t have a party to fight for us.

“As it is now, we are like sheep without a shepherd.”

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