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PDP Govs Meet Over National Assembly Leadership Poll Today

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Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party have called an emergency meeting  for today to decide  who to support during  the 9th  National Assembly leadership poll, The  PUNCHlearnt on Wednesday night.
The meeting is expected to be attended by the  16 PDP governors.
Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, who is also the Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, will preside over the meeting.
The meeting, which is expected to start by 7pm, is likely to be attended by the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus.
Investigations by our correspondent indicated that the governors decided to meet in order to take a stand on who to support among  those aspiring to lead the National Assembly.
It was learnt that the party  had not been  comfortable with some of its members said to be hobnobbing with some of the aspirants.
Two members of the All Progressives Congress in the Senate,  Ahmad Lawan and Ali Ndume, have openly declared their  intentions to vie for the  Senate presidency.
A former Governor of Gombe State, Danjuma Goje, is said to also be interested in the race.
It was learnt  that he had told his associates that he would not vie for the office, but allegedly promised to convince  about 20 senators to  vote for his candidate.
Also, five APC  members – Femi Gbajabiamila (Lagos) Nkeiruka Onyejeocha (Abia), John Dyegh (Benue)  Mohammed Bago (Niger), Olatunbosun Olajide (Oyo) and Segun Odebunmi (Oyo) – are currently aspiring to  the speakership   of  the 9th  House of Representatives.
Our correspondent learnt that members of the PDP NWC  and  governors   had yet  to decide the aspirants to support.
But it was learnt  that the majority of the party’s leadership would prefer another candidate to Gbajabiamila.
A source privy to some of the talks within the party said, “We have taken a census of the support of the majority of the aspirants. It is easier for us to  support  someone we prefer from the Senate if we could just get less than 20 votes from the APC.
“Also in the House of Representatives, we need not up to 60 votes to sway the votes against anyone.
“While we have yet to  look at the credentials of the aspirants, we have however checked the backgrounds of  the majority of them. We may not support someone whose antecedents could bring a negative image to the country and the National Assembly. “

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