The 8th senate under Senate President Bukola Saraki will soon be coming to an end in less than three months and talks as already began on who will be his successor as the leader of the 9th senate.
Speculations have also mounted on whether the party’s chosen candidate will be consensus candidate for the senators or another political drama like that of 2015 that led to the emergence of Saraki as the leader of the Senate will be repeated.
It would be recalled that the senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari will be actively involved in the process of selecting the next leader of the Senate.
Omo-Agege made the disclosure during an interview with newsmen in Warri, stating that the President and the ruling All Progressives Congress would avoid the 2015 mistake that led to the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki as the President of the Senate.
‘‘Anybody who is going to be Senate President, in the 9th Senate, must be somebody who is loyal to Mr President, the party and the constitution. ‘The Senate President will be determined by Mr President. Mr President will indicate to us through the party who he wants to work with,’’ Omo-Agege said.
The ruling APC is set to produce the next Senate president after winning the majority seats at the upper legislative chamber in the February 23 election.
The political permutation for the leadership in the Senate has not been revealed yet by the APC but speculations have continued to mount on which geo-political zones will be best suited to take up the top job at the Nigerian Senate.
The South-South has shown interest in the leadership of the Nigerian Senate and Sen. Omo-Agege had already been fingered as the best man from the region to take up the post since Sen. Godswill Akpabio lost his re-election bid during the February 23 election.
Though, the North West has also put forth Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, who just won his re-election bid to serve for the fourth term representing Yobe North Senatorial district to be the new leader of the Senate.
In a new twist of politics, the Presidency has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari will not interfere in the emergence of a new leadership of the ninth National Assembly.
This was made known today by the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate) Ita Enang, while addressing parliamentary reporters in Abuja.
He said the President believes so much in the rule of law, hence, he would allow each arm of government to perform its constitutional responsibility without interference.
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