Report on alleged zoning of Senate Presidency to North West unsettles Adamu
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu has been unsettled by a media report that the party has zoned the 10th Senate presidency to North West.
The described the report as fake, wondering the lack of patience by Senators-elect jostling for you Office.
The Senators-elect are due to be inaugurated in the first week of June, but lobbying for the plum has sinced commenced right from last week when the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC issued a Certificate of Return to the elected Federal lawmakers.
Senator Adamu reacted to the report by some groups within the APC that odds favour Senator Jibrin Barau now that Senate Presidency has been zoned to North West.
The group said Barau who began his parliamentary foray into the House of Representatives and now a third timer to the Senate, having re-elected to represent Kano North Senatorial district was the experienced person from North West to occupy the position.
This is even as some Senators-elect who have openly declared their interest were of the firm belief that it was the turn of the North Central.
Senator representing Niger North Senatorial district, Sani Musa has been canvassing for votes, saying that Niger APC produced the highest votes
After casting his vote on Saturday in his country home, Keffi, Nasarawa State, Adamu insisted that the zoning claim was fake.
He said, “The report about the zoning arrangements for the 10th National Assembly is fake news. We have not done any zoning.
“I have said it times without number since Monday. I am still saying the same thing. No zoning has been established yet and agreed to.
“No zoning has been made public. Anybody who is saying anything, is a rumour. It’s a wishful rumour.
Also in a statement titled, “APC Yet To Zone Key 10th National Assembly Positions,” signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, on Saturday, described stories of the zoning arrangements, as false and misleading.
Morka said, “The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to a report circulating on social media on purported zoning of key positions of the incoming 10th National Assembly. The report is false and misleading, and should be disregarded in its entirety.
“The Party has not made any decision on zoning of positions or offices of the 10th Assembly.
“As soon as a decision is made on zoning, it will be made public through the Party’s official communications channel.”
The said false report claimed that the decision on zoning was reached on Friday night, by the leadership of the APC after consulting with the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“The decision takes pre-eminence over earlier suggestions in some quarters to zone the position to the South,” it further claimed.
The earlier report had indicated that Barau’s two main competitors from the South, Senators Orji Uzor Kalu and Godswill Akpabio, are only two termers, while former Governor Abdul’azeez Yari is a first termer.
Aside that, the report explained that Senator Jibrin has handled some very critical Committees in both Chambers like Appropriations and Education.Most Senators-elect, our investigations revealed, have been meeting secretly pledging support to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations.
It was gathered that the decision was reached friday night by the leadership of the APC after consulting with the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The decision the report indicated will take pre-eminence over earlier suggestions in some quarters to zone the position to the South.Our usually reliable source revealed that what swung the decision in favour of the North West was that the APC Presidential candidate got his highest number of votes from the zone.Some Top leaders of the party from the zone in the report were said to have made that very strong case for the North West.
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