As senators-elect collected their certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission yesterday, those elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress have shifted attention to the scramble for key positions in the National Assembly with special focus on the Senate.
The sign to the jostling emerged as senators-elect have raised the flag admonishing the party’s leadership including President MuhammaduBuhari to show interest and quickly too, on the issue of the principal officers of the apex legislature. They cautioned the party’s top hierarchy against hesitation in the process of determining key officers of the federal legislature so as to avoid a repeat of the June 2015 scenario with itsconcomitant effect on executive-legislature relations. It will be recalled that of all the senatorial seats results declared so far, the APC has a commanding majority of 65 senators and the PDP has 37 senators. Some senators have suggested the zoning of contestable positions to avoid deep rancor among party members who are interested in the Senate presidency and the Speakership of the House of Representatives.
Amongst the frontrunners in the race for President of the Senate include senators Ahmad Lawan, Ali Ndume, Abdullahi Adamu,DanjumaGoje, Omo-Agege and Kabiru Gaya. This foursome represent the most favoured among many of the ranking senators who have started canvassing support for their ambition.