Some northern leaders are reportedly asking that the north produce both the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives because President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has not yet officially announced the presiding officers of the 10th National Assembly.
According to news sources, Tinubu met with lawmakers-elect on Thursday night at Aso Rock Villa. However, some of the candidates—including former governors of the states of Zamfara and Abia, Abdulaziz Yari, and Orji Kalu, among others—were not present.
Speaking on the development, a lawmaker-elect, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Vanguard: “At the time you called, I was about entering the Villa. For now, nothing has changed. The president didn’t mention any name while meeting with us. All he said was that we should work and be united. That was all he said.”
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On whether the president will support Senator Godswill Akpabio and Tajudeen Abass for the Senate presidency and speakership, the source said: “I am just leaving the meeting, and the president didn’t say he has preferred candidates.”
On the North’s position on the 10th NASS leadership, he said: “This is a northern agenda, they don’t want Tinubu to control the Senate, but as for the G-6, they are still intact, although Betara has withdrawn from the race his supporters have shifted base to Idris Wase.
“The president’s claim of religious balancing is what is most vexatious. How can he say so because his chief of staff is not just from Lagos, the same state? Is Gbajabiamila not a Muslim? We shall meet on the floor on Tuesday.”
Remember that Godswill Akpabio of the South-South zone and Senator Jubrin Barau of the North West zone have received the support of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to serve as vice president and president of the Senate, respectively.
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As Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abass from the North West and Benjamin Kalu from the South East were elected.
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