Senate Presidency: Campaigning and lobbying heat up as aspirants await Tinubu’s decision


The visit of President-elect Bola Tinubu appears to have heightened tensions as the race for key slots in the incoming 10th National Assembly heats up.

While hopefuls for the Senate President’s position await a decision on zoning from the president-elect and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), campaigning and lobbying have escalated.

More legislative alliances and caucuses are being formed to support contenders of their choice, particularly on the side of the newly elected members.

While some candidates advocated for regional considerations, others advocated for open elections, stating that skill, party allegiance, and experience should not be surrendered for feeling.

It was learned that Tinubu’s absence and the APC’s silence on the subject of zoning added to the tension.

With the arrival of the president-elect, however, there is anticipation that a decision on zoning would be made shortly so that aspirants can know their faith.

According to Daily Trust, sources close to the president-elect have projected that he will host a conference of important stakeholders of the party in a couple of days to decide on the zoning of National Assembly leadership seats.

Those eyeing the position of the Senate President include Senators 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).

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