Elumelu: My Suspension Part Of My Political Tutelage

The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Honourable Ndudi Elumelu, has said that his suspension from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) due to his emergence as the Minority Leader is part of his political upbringing.

Elumelu spoke on Thursday when he visited former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (retd) in Minna, the Niger State capital.

He, however, said, “We have come over it and we are good to go.”

Elumelu described the suspension as part of politics and part of “family upbringing”.

Addressing reporters, the Minority Leader said, “Naturally in parliament, members always love to elect their leaders and of course it was taken. After the elections, we were invited to brief the Party on what happened but unfortunately, we had all left Abuja to our various constituencies.

“Some of us got the summons through our security men and we instructed our aides to reply on our behalf because we were not there to sign the letters. If I had been there, I would have signed it and that would have meant that I was around.

“That was the issue. I think they felt we ought to have come in person and that informed the suspension. It is part of politics and it is part of family upbringing. When your parents are bringing you up, they will find a way to put you in the right footing. We have come over it and we are good to go.”

Elumelu described the relationship between the ruling Party and the Opposition Party in the House of Representatives as being very cordial, adding that they will continue to give constructive criticisms and give the people the dividends of democracy.

“On the floor of the House, we work to ensure we give the people the returns for voting for us. What is expected of us is not to be antagonistic but to give constructive criticisms where the need arises.”

Elumelu said the House of Representatives has vowed to take its oversight functions seriously, adding that there will be checks and balances  to ensure that every appropriated funds goes to the right channel.

“This time, Nigerians will feel the impact of good governance,” he said.

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