Rising from a meeting in the uncompleted Permanent Building of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), at Muhammadu Buhari Way, Central Business District (CBD), Abuja, on Monday May 15, 2023, the Executive members of a coalition group in the PDP, led by the Concerned PDP League (CPDPL), has called on all elected members of the House of Representatives, both old and new, and the National Leadership of PDP to support and elect the Member Representing, Obio Akpor Federal Constituency of Rivers state, in the House of Representatives, Hon. Kingsley Ogundu Chinda, as the Minority leader in the green chamber.
Speaking to our reporter in a joint statement after their meeting, the General Secretary of CPDPL, Alhaji Tasiu M. Muhammed, National Secretary of PDP Ambassadors of Patriotic Minds (PDPAPM), Rukayat Tajudeen and National Secretary of PDP Volunteer Vanguard (PDPVV), Vurunda Yuhana, endorsed Hon. O. K. Chinda, as the minority leader of the 10th House of Representatives.
The Coalition group that initially projected and promoted Hon. Chinda for Speaker of the 10th House of Representative with the hope that, PDP will produce the majority in the House of Representatives, resorted to making a case for him as the minority leader following PDP inability to produce a majority in the House.
They said, it became necessary considering Hon. Chinda's pedigree in the parliament and urged members elect both from PDP and other parties to elect the loudest voice and loudest opposition voice on the floor of the Green Chamber, as their leader.
According to the group, "Hon. O. K. Chinda is the most suitable man for the job of the minority leader. He is called the parliamentary general because of his antecedent and they believe, he will use his political, intellectual and vocal dexterity and sagacity to help provide the needed vibrant and constructive opposition for a robust and people oriented legislative business.
“The office of Minority Leader of the House of Representatives should be ceded to Hon. Chinda that has the capacity to galvanize, stabilize and build cohesion with members for a progressive parliamentary business, and yet, provide constructive and critical criticism. Someone like him who is in touch with the people and members can help to promote peace and unity amongst parties irrespective of political affiliation in the country”
However the group warned that, it will be a big minus to the 10th assembly, if as they prefer to call him, the Parliamentary General (PG), Hon. O. K. Chinda, is not given the opportunity to serve this nation as speaker, deputy speaker or minority leader. It is not the number of years spent in the National Assembly that makes one a Parliamentary general, but the impact made. Hon. Chinda has without media frenzy, made a very impressive impact. That's what has attracted us to him.
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