Senate Presidency: Aspirants Call for a New Zoning Formula, Dissent in APC

Candidates for the senate presidency have disregarded the All Progressives Congress’s nomination of Godswill Akpabio, a former minority senate leader and former minister of Niger Delta affairs, to lead the Senate in the tenth National Assembly.Continue Reading>>>

The candidates criticized the party’s stance on the National Assembly leadership, which was made public during the National Working Committee meeting last week, and urged a new zoning of the top positions.

According to The Punch, the decision of the party to zone two of the four presiding positions in the 10th National Assembly to the North-West and none to the North-Central stirred protests and outrage among the lawmakers and aspirants.Continue Reading>>>

Addressing the media on Wednesday, one of the frontline aspirants for the Senate presidency, Sen. Osita Izunaso, said the zoning had created tension and cautioned the party leadership to take steps to extinguish it by coming up with a zoning arrangement that would ensure unity and national cohesion.

Also, the Chairman of the Southern Governors Forum and Governor of Ondo State Governor, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu condemned the zoning arrangement adopted by the party leadership. Akeredolu made this known in a statement issued on Wednesday. He drew attention to the allocation of two positions to the North-West while the North-Central got none. According to him, the zoning formula represented “early signs of steps aimed at attempts to cabin the hard-earned Presidency for our leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu by a few individuals with eyes on ‘Aso Rock power buttons”

On Wednesday also, disgruntled candidates for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives stormed the APC headquarters in Abuja and requested a new zoning formula.

Meanwhile, as reported earlier, the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday, left Nigeria for Europe on a working visit. This is coming Two weeks after he returned to the country from a trip to London, Saudi Arabia, and Paris.

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