Full List of lawmakers vying for Senate presidency

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Legislators-elect have began the fight for the Senate president’s post ahead of the opening of the 10th National Assembly.

The 10th Assembly will convene in June 2023, following the inauguration of President-elect Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on May 29.

The All Progressives Congress, Peoples Democratic Party, Labour Party, and New Nigeria Peoples Party would be represented in the red Chamber of the 10th Assembly.

The Social Democratic Party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, and the Young Peoples Progressive Party are among the others.

While the APC won 57 seats, the PDP won 29, and the Labour Party won 6 seats. NNPP and SDP have two members apiece, while APGA and YPPP have one member each.

Aside from the Senate President, seats such as deputy Senate president and House Speaker are up for grabs.

Others are majority and minority caucus leaders. They are the majority leader, the deputy majority leader, the majority or chief whip, the deputy whip, the minority leader, the deputy minority leader, the minority whip, and the deputy minority whip.

However, the battle for the next Senate President has begun in earnest even before members of the 10th National Assembly are sworn in.

The election of the future Senate President is thought to be heavily influenced by the ruling APC’s zoning of the post.

Meanwhile, APC chieftains in the South-South and South-East have requested for the Senate presidency to be zoned to their regions in the spirit of fairness and to offer other geopolitical zones a sense of belonging in light of the party’s Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket.

According to Senator Ajibola Basiru, the Senate spokesperson, the ruling APC is expected to reveal the zoning formula for the 10th Assembly leadership after the Ramadan fast.

Senator Basiru stated this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday morning.

“I believe that our party will eventually make a decision on zoning, possibly after Ramadan and certainly before the next Assembly convenes in June,” Bashiru added.

Below are lawmakers who have declared their ambitions to lead the 10th National Assembly.

1. Senator Jibrin Barau (Kano Central).

2. Sani Musa (Niger East).

3. Orji Kalu (Abia North).

4. GodsWill Akpabio (Akwa-Ibom North-West).

5. Senators Osita Izunaso (Imo West).

6. Peter Ndubueze (Imo North).

7. Abdul’Aziz Yari (Zamfara West).

8. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North).

9. Ali Ndume (Borno South).

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