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Edo, Kwara jostle for Senate President’s seat

Posted: Apr 4, 2015 at 2:29 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Felix Igbekoyi Correspondent, Asaba

The race for the Senate’s top seat at the National Assembly under the Presidency of Muhammadu Buhari has started in earnest between the South-South and North Central geo-political zones.

The bone of contention is that the South-East Zone could not produce a Senator from the All Progressives Congress, (APC), at the last election, leaving the field open for the South-South and North Central zones.

Saturday Independent gathered that Governor Adams Oshiomhole is sponsoring Senator Francis Alimikhenan, APC, Edo North, for the post, although there is intense lobbying for either Bukola Saraki or George Akumen to occupy the Senate President’s seat.

Corroborating our findings, the South-South APC Youths group (SSAPCY), has posited that there are vibrant APC Senators from Edo North in the South-South and the zone has never been considered, especially when the region just lost the presidential seat and so should not lose the number three seat as well.

Reacting, Ojugbana Ejike Ojugbana, SSAPCY leader said the call has become necessary in order to balance political permutations according to the zoning arrangement, so that the South-South would not concede the Senate presidency to the North Central, which has occupied the seat in the last eight years through Senator David Mark.

“The Senate President cannot go back to the North Central when the home state of the national leaders of the party is qualified for the job. The absence of top ranking senators from the South-South and South-East should not be the basis for taking the slot back to the North Central even if David Mark decamps to the APC,” he said.