Dr Adegbola Dominic, the Lagos State Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has bemoaned the lack of indiscipline in the party, saying it was manifested in the National Assembly elections held today.
Seventeen PDP lawmakers voted for Senate President Ahmed Lawan in disregard of the directive of the PDP leadership that Ali Ndume should be elected as Senate President.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has 62 lawmakers while the opposition PDP has 44 and Young Democratic Party (YDP) has one.
Two senatorial seats of Imo State remain vacant. However, Lawan polled 79 votes while Ndume scored only 28 votes.
Speaking in a chat with INDEPENDENT, Dominic said it is surprising that when the national leadership of the party gave a directive to PDP lawmakers-elect to vote for Senator Ali Ndume, many of them disobeyed and voted for Senator Ahmad Lawan who has been elected Senate President.
He said “Our party gave a directive and arrived at a position that our members should vote for a particular candidate as Senate President. But we could see that they did not follow the directives of our party. That shows there is no discipline in our party”.
“If it is a disciplined party, members should follow the directives of the party at all times. This should teach the national leadership a lesson that it is important for them to maintain discipline in the party”.
“Because all along, they have been encouraging indiscipline in state chapters of the party, that is why that kind of action happened in the chambers of the national assembly.
“Now that they have seen the effect of indiscipline, they should do everything possible to instil discipline and stop acts of insubordination at all levels”.