North Central governors back Niger lawmaker for deputy senate president

STATE governors in the North Central zone have resolved to support the senator representing the Niger East senatorial district, Sani Musa, for the seat of deputy senate president in the 10th National Assembly.

Ahead of the 10th national assembly inauguration, governors and senators-elect in the north-central are throwing their weight behind Musa for deputy senate president.

The governors and senators reached this resolution at a meeting at the Kwara State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, on Friday night.

The Kogi and Kwara state governors, Yahaya Bello and Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq respectively, organised and led the meeting.

They both affirmed their support for the Niger East senator and urged the zone’s senators and governors to pull their weight from their respective states to ensure the goal was achieved.

Abdulrazaq commended those present at the meeting and asked the senators-elect to work hard to “get the highest possible leadership position in the 10th Senate.”

He advised the political leaders to reach out to other zones to get the required numbers and cooperation.

He said, “The Governors of the North Central geopolitical zone will continue to support the aspirations of Senator Musa to lead the 10th Assembly by all means possible.”

Bello also urged all the political actors in the zone to unite “for the common goal.”

He beckoned on the elected local government officials, political appointees, and serving and former state and national assembly members from the north-central to support the quest of producing a presiding officer in the 10th National Assembly.

“This is the appropriate time for us to unite to pursue a common goal so North Central Nigeria will take its rightful place in the affairs of the country,” he said.

Nigeria’s 10th National Assembly will be inaugurated in the first week of June. Different interest groups nationwide are already lobbying for the seats of Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Shortly after the inauguration, members of the Senate will elect new presiding officers.

Based on results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) retained the majority of the Senate and House of Representatives seats, with 57 and 162 members, respectively.

But the party is yet to determine its preferred zoning arrangement.






     

     

    On Thursday, April 27, the APC debunked reports that it had decided on its preferred zoning arrangements for National Assembly leadership positions.

    The party asked the public to disregard the information as it was yet to zone any leadership position.

    “To be clear, the Party has yet to zone leadership positions of the 10th National Assembly. Any decisions made in that regard will be duly communicated via the Party’s official information channels,” it stated.

    The lawmakers seeking the Senate President position are Jibrin Barau (Kano North), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom North-West), Orji Uzor Kalu (Abia North), Abdul-Aziz Yari (Zamfara West), Sani Musa (Niger East), Ali Ndume (Borno South), Osita Izunaso (Imo West), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi South), and Adams Oshiomhole (Edo North).

    Beloved John is an investigative reporter with International Centre for Investigative Reporting.

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