The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday said it has set up a committee to investigate the conduct of its lawmakers during the election of the principal officers of the National Assembly.
The party had directed its members to vote Ali Ndume as Senate President and Umar Bago as the Speaker of the House of Representatives but the anointed candidates of the All Progressives Congress namely Senator Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila emerged winners at the end of the elections.
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan told journalists after the party’s 86th National Executive Committee meeting in Abuja that the PDP would investigate what transpired before and during the polls.
“The party has set up a committee to investigate what happened in NASS election as it concerns the party,” Olognondiyan said without disclosing the members of the committee.
The PDP spokesman also said the party had raised its governorship nomination fee ahead of the Kogi and Bayelsa States governorship elections from the initial N5 million to N20 million.
He further disclosed that the expression of interest fee remained N1 million while the nomination fee for female aspirants remained free .
He added that the party took into consideration the nation’s weak economy, the need to conduct free, fair and credible primaries as well as rising printing costs before arriving at the new fees.