9th National Assembly: I will not be an onlooker this time, says Buhari
The game is on again, here is when you can experience the non- numeric calculations of political strategist in appointing principal officers in the 9th national Assembly. Well possibly names of top honorable eyeing the lofty position in the upper chambers as the Senate President are Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan; former Senate Leader Ali Ndume; former Gombe State Governor and outgoing Committee on Appropriation Chairman Danjuma Goje, Parliamentary Support Group (PSG) Chairman and ex-Governor Adamu Abdullahi and Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege.
Some of the seven ranking senators from the Southwest too are already jostling for either Deputy Senate President or Senate Leader or Deputy Senate Leader.
The House of Representatives Speaker may come from the Southwest, with the outgoing Majority Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, as a leading candidate. He will have a repeat match against Speaker Yakubu Dogara of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
As calculations is on-going, the President has said he will not be an onlooker this time, I will be involved in the talks and intrigues on the election of principal officers of the National Assembly.
According to the results of the National Assembly released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), APC won 65 of the 109 senatorial seats, representing about 59.6%. PDP won 42 senatorial seats(40.3%) and Young Progressives Party (YPP) got one (1%).
As for the House of Representatives, APC won over 230 of the 360 seats, leaving PDP with over 100 slots.
The House of Representatives Speaker may come from the Southwest, with the outgoing Majority Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, as a leading candidate. He will have a repeat match against Speaker Yakubu Dogara of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The APC has not decided on whether or not to retain its pre-2015 poll power sharing formula.
Some party leaders are said to be pushing for a review of the zoning system since the President has promised an all-inclusive government.
A source said: “We are actually waiting for the last strands of the general elections before we work out a formula which will guide the election of principal officers in the National Assembly. We won’t allow hijackers under any guise.
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