‘President-elect’, Bola Tinubu and his ruling All Progressives Congress may have adopted a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godwill Akpabio and Rt. Hon Tajudeen Abass as President of the Senate and speaker respectively in the coming 10th National Assembly.
Akpabio emerged as favourite, ahead of top contender, former Governor Orji Uzo Kalu from the South East, reliable sources, who were at a closed-door meeting at the Defence House on Friday, told the Punch.
Recall that many stakeholders had made the case for the Senate President to be zoned to the Southeast for balance.
Meanwhile, a credible source in the National Assembly disclosed that the positions of the Deputy President of the Senate and Deputy Speaker had not been decided, an indication that they might be contested by aspirants.
One of the sources in a message sent to the newspaper, “President-elect, APC endorse North-West – Speaker; South-South – Senate President…settle for Sen. Godswill Akpabio and Rt. Hon. TJ Abass, Ph.D, as Senate President, Speaker.
“Zoning for Deputy Senate President and Deputy Speaker.
“North-West –Deputy Senate President. South-East –Deputy Speaker
“Decision taken at the meeting held at the Defence House today (Friday).”
Kano State Governor, Abdulahi Ganduje, had also said that Akpabio would be the next President of the Senate.
Ganduje stated this in Calabar on Thursday during a meeting with Cross River State Governor, Prof Ben Ayade, and Prof Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
He said, “The Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will come from the South-South and it is no other person than the former governor of Akwa Ibom State.
“The uncommon governor, the uncommon minister, who is going to be the uncommon President of the Senate. So, we have resolved that. I am giving you assurances; we are waiting for the D-Day that he will be the Senate President of Nigeria.”
Ayade, who also spoke at the meeting, said, “I want to thank you so much for zoning the Senate presidency to the South-South and to our brother from a neighbouring state, who is also part of Cross River State.
“We want to thank you for this great opportunity because our dream of a Bakassi seaport is becoming very real.”