THE ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is holding consultation
with its Senate caucus on modalities for the selection of the Majority
Leader and other principal officers, it was learnt yesterday.
A top APC senator, who spoke on why the Senate Leader, Deputy Senate
Leader, Chief Whip and Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate have not been
named, said “there is no need to worry.”
The senator, who is also a strong ally of the Senate President, Ahmad
Lawan, said “by the time we return on July 2nd, our party must have
taken a position on who becomes what in the two chambers.”
He said that with the election of presiding officers of the two
chambers, “it is taken for granted that principal officers of the two
chambers will be selected to work with the presiding officers.”
The source added that the presiding officers and the principal
officers will constitute the Selection Committee that will pilot the
affairs of the chambers.
The Nation quoted the North West senator as saying, “everything will
take shape by the time we return because the need to consult and
consult widely to reduce acrimony and bad blood is ongoing.”
He hinted that whoever will emerge as Senate leader, which he
described as “the soul of the Senate” will be “a product of consensus
as directed by the National Working Committee of our party (APC).”
The APC leadership, he said, “is on top of the situation” and “doing
what it needs to do to reduce division among possible principal
officers of the two chambers.”
He added: “There is nothing to worry about,” he noted that the party
will not disappoint.
On whether some people have been penciled down for the positions, he
said “the front liners for the Senate Leader slot are known.”
He listed Senator Abdullahi Adamu and Senator Alliyu Sabi Abdullahi as
possible choices by the party.
He said: “It is a party affair and any body the party puts forward
will emerge. The party is working to prevent rancor and acrimony. Only
one person can be Senate leader.
“The party will also ensure spread in order to carry all party members along.”
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is also preparing to selects its
principal officers’ in the House of Representatives.
The opposition party has concluded its selection in the Senate with
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (Abia South) tipped as minority leader,
Senator Emmanuel Bwuacha(Taraba South) deputy minority leader, Senator
Philip Aduda (FCT) minority whip and Clifford Ordia (Edo Central)
deputy minority whip.
The position in the House is not cleared yet.
Although it is being rumoured that PDP has settled for Kingsley
Chinda, Nicholas Ossai appears not to have given up the struggle to
upstage the Rivers State House member.