In less than 24 hours the incoming 9th senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will elect the President of the Upper Chambers.
Following Senator Danjuma Goje’s withdrawal of from the race, Senator Ahmed Lawan has only Senator Ali Ndume standing in his way to pioneering the affairs of the nation’s Upper Chambers for the next four years – could possibly be eight.
There’s no law that states which party will produce the senate president but it is usually easier for the party in the majority as they can secure the seat by the means of majority votes or coalition.
Unlike the last dispensation where the choice of the executive was rejected, these present crop of incoming senators appears to be willing to do the bidding of the presidency.
Recall that Ahmed Lawan had not only boasted of securing an endorsement from members of his own party, he had also claimed to have secured the support of more than half of the PDP senators.
Many fear this could lead to a one-party system, where the ruling party and president Muhammadu Buhari can have way – including amending the constitution for a third term.
So are PDP senators toothless or the APC senator not ready to offend the president?
While some argue that a good rapport between the executive arm and the legislative arm is key to moving the nation forward in terms of policy making, others argue it will give room for authoritarianism.
At the moment; APC has 62 senators-elect, PDP – 44 Senators-elect while YPP boasts of only one.
There are two Senatorial seats yet to be determined.
There are indications that Ahmed Lawan, the anointed candidate of the presidency will emerge. In addition to securing the endorsement of 60 out f the 62 All Progressive Congress Senators; the lone YPP senator, there’s a possibility of over 30 People’s Democratic Party PDP senators throwing their weight behind him.
For Ali Ndume, who has has been in the National Assembly since 2003 when he was elected into the House of Representatives, his chances are pretty slim at the moment.
Many will seem to think that his inability to secure support from his own party members is the reason why just a few senators from the opposition are ready to back him.
The PDP candidates themselves understand full well that going against the choice of the executive will guarantee the independence of the upper chamber; why aren’t there keen in thwarting this plot by the presidency?
If Ali Ndume is not trusted to convince his own party members to back him, are the opposition senators spineless too?
Going by the number of senators that have purportedly backed Senator Lawan, the Senate presidency remains his to lose.
But this could have been a different case if only another contender had managed to convince at least a two-thirds of the APC senator.
On Tuesday, the clerk of the Senate will welcome nominations and unless a surprise springs up, you are going to hear the two names; Ali Ndume and Ahmed Lawan.
Both will be standing for the vote. Both are eligible, having been returned as elected senators a number of times. Both have not hidden their desire to preside over the Senate, but there will be only one winner.
At the moment the odds are in favour of Ahmed Lawan and Nigerians will be curious to learn what happens next.
Senator Lawan had already met with those you could consider opposing voices in the PDP, including the outgoing Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu Ekeweremadu, other PDP senators-elect; Eyinnaya Abaribe, Emmanuel Bwacha, Dino Melaye, Theodore Orji, Philip Aduda, and James Manager.
A similar outcome is possible also for the position of the Deputy President of the Senate.
The APC National working committee is reported to have adopted Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for the position of Deputy, while Senator Ajayi Borofice has announced that he has stepped down his ambition for the seat.
If this happens, all the members of the 9th National Assembly would have been those handpicked by the party leadership, backed by president Muhammadu Buhari.
Recall that Tinubu’s protégé. Femi Gbajabiamila is also poised to emerge speaker of the lower legislative house.
In your opinion, what will this spell for Nigerians in the next four years, considering that constitutional amended is the duty of the legislative arm of the government.
Drop your comments below.