Apc zones Akume, Saraki out of senate presidency running

Hopes by Senate Minority Leader Senator
George Akume, Senator Bukola Saraki and
other senators from the North central
zone becoming Senate President may
have been dashed.

This follows the formal adoption of a zoning of principal offices in the senate by the leadership of All Progressives’ Congress (APC).

The adoption coincided with a visit by APC
caucus to President-elect General
Muhammadu Buhari.on Friday in Abuja to
appeal to him to intervene in the rat race
by APC legislators for positions in the
incoming National Assembly.

Under the adopted arrangement, the
North east is to produce the Senate
President, the North central shall produce
the deputy Senate President and deputy
Leader, House of Representatives. However, the party leadership insisted that aspirants to offices in the National Assembly be persons with

‘Integrity and legislative experience.” Also
listed as a condition was ranking. In addition to producing the Senate President, the arrangement cedes the position of party National Secretary and Chairman, Board of Trustees to the North
east.

The South west, according to the proposal, in addition to the position of Vice President, will produce the Speaker, House of Representatives and deputy Senate Leader.

The North west which already has President-elect Buhari is expected to
produce the Senate Leader, deputy House
Speaker as well as its Whip.

The South south zone, the party leaders
proposed, will in addition to the national
chairman produce the House Whip as well
as the deputy Senate Whip.

The Secretary to the Government of the
Federation (SGF) and Secretary of the Board of Trustees (BoT) have been reserved for the South east making it the
only zone without a principal officer in the
incoming National Assembly.

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