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Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by ijustdey: 10:53am On Mar 17
Former governors who are ranking senators in the incoming 9th Session of the National Assembly are resolved to ensure that one of them emerges the next Senate president.

Some of the ex-governors said to be eyeing the Senate top job include Danjuma Goje (Gombe) and Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa), while Senators Ahmed Lawan (Yobe), Aliyu Ndume (Borno) and Benjamin Uwajumogu (Imo) are also in the race. Expectedly, the delay by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to initiate a power sharing formula among the geopolitical regions has led to all manner of groupings and re-groupings in the race for the seat of president of the 9th Senate.

When the seat of Senate president was zoned to the South East and North Central geopolitical zones during the Obasanjo and Yar’Adua presidency respectively, only senators from those regions stepped forward to contest the leadership of the Third Arm of government. But at the moment, it is a free for all.

The campaign is chaotic and multi-pronged in nature, a situation that may be difficult for the APC leadership to manage. A senator who does not want to be named said some members may feel dissatisfied with APC’s late hour settlement and decide to negotiate with the opposition senators the way outgoing Senate president Bukola Saraki did four years ago.

While senators from the North East, North Central and the South West are flexing their political muscles based on how APC fared in the last elections in their zones, the South East is calling for an all-inclusive APC government. LEADERSHIP Sunday gathered that former governors newly elected as senators want one of them to be elected the next Senate president.

However, some high ranking senators who have been re-elected have published their curriculum vitae to let Nigerians know how prepared they are to provide good leadership at the Senate. According to the senator, the only possibility for the APC to avoid the manner Saraki, Ike Ekweremadu and Yakubu Dogara emerged as National Assembly leaders on June 9, 2015 against the wishes of the ruling party is for the governing party to come up with a power sharing framework as a matter of urgency.

He said such framework must be all-inclusive and devoid of sentiment against regions that voted for the party or not. “Exclusion and non-appreciation of the Nigerian diversity stood firmly as some of the major faults of the Buhari administration between 2015 and 2019.

‘’I have no doubt that President Buhari can put an end to the continued alienation of South East, for instance, by being the statesman we all want him to be. This he can do using his powers as national leader of APC to ensure that the South East, the third leg of the nation’s tripod, is brought within leadership circles by making sure the president of the 9th Senate is selected from the South East’’, the senator said.

The former governors and deputy governors in the Senate have vowed that one of them will become the Senate president in the 9th Senate, LEADERSHIP Sunday learnt from trusted sources. The governors-turned-senators say it would be wrong for them to come to the Senate and be subservient to their former subjects who used to prostrate before ‘His Excellency’’.

The 15 former governors coming to the 9th Senate include Orji Kalu (Abia North), Theodore Orji (Abia Central), Kashim Shettima (Borno Central), Sam Egwu (Ebonyi North), Gabriel Suswan (Benue East), Danjuma Goje (Gombe Central), Ibikunle Amosu (Ogun Central), Chimaroke Nnamani (Enugu East), Ibrahim Shekarau (Kano Central), Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa South), Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa North), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto North), Ibrahim Geidam (Yobe East), Abdul’Aziz Yari (Zamfara West) and Adamu Aliero (Kebbi Central).

LEADERSHIP Sunday gathered that the ex-governors had collectively resolved that, irrespective of party affiliation and their individual ranking, they will rally round one of them to be elected as the next Senate president. It is also believed that the current Senate leadership is chairing this group and rooting for a high ranking senator who is an ex-governor.

It was learnt that the ex-governor is being favoured because he was rather non-aligned or did at no time work against the interest of the Senate leadership all the while it was facing pressure from the APC and the presidency. The senator was said to have been tutored not to talk to the press about his aspiration, and not to discuss it with anybody except highly trusted APC senators. A senator from the North Central is said to be coordinating the campaign for the emergence of the ex-governor as the Senate president.

According to a senator who is in the know of the plot, after their inauguration on Monday, June 10, 2019, a member of their group would get up to nominate him irrespective of APC’s choice candidate. He said, ‘’The block vote of opposition senators which would not be fewer than 40 will be given to him; and with pliable APC senators we shall mobilise, he would certainly emerge. One of us shall emerge, by the Grace of God, as his deputy. ‘

’You know, President Buhari does not usually care about the fate that befalls his supporters; hence by the time we promise some APC senators juicy committee chairmanship, they would readily prefer it to the so-called adherence to APC party directives.” He remarked that the former state governors of those in the forefront for the Senate presidency were elected senators on February 23. They are Ibrahim Geidam who comes from the same state as Senate leader, Ahmed Lawan (Yobe), and Kashmir Shettima, from Senator Mohammed Ndume’s Borno State. ‘

’Do you expect them to come here and be answering ‘Yes sir, Your Excellency’ to these senators in case one of them emerges as Senate president? That is why all the governors have agreed to team up for one of them to emerge,’’ he said. Meanwhile, LEADERSHIP Sunday gathered that Senators Ahmed Lawan, Aliyu Ndume, Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta), Abdullahi Adamu, Benjamin Uwajumogu (APC, Imo North) are vigorously campaigning for the number three position in the country.

Over a week ago, a group known as ‘’National Committee for Legislative Development and Good Governance’’ has published the curriculum vitae of Senator Ahmed Lawan under the banner of ‘’The Senate Leadership Question: Why Senator Ahmad Lawan is the option’’. The group, which is being coordinated by one Iniobong Ukeme John, stated that the last four years had been the worst years of executive/legislative relationship since the return of democracy due to unnecessary bickering, power struggle and selfish agenda to the detriment of national unity and development. ‘

’We must not allow enemies of Nigeria’s progress block and sabotage President Buhari from fighting corruption, developing the economy and providing security to lives and property of Nigerians. ‘’It is time to search, sieve, support and encourage capable hands to lead the National Assembly for a purposeful and robust executive/legislative relationship. ‘’Senator Lawan possesses unequal qualification and is most qualified to lead the 9th Senate in the interest of a robust and purposeful executive/legislative relationship to build an enduring democracy that will effectively and efficiently deliver democratic dividends to Nigerians’’, the group stated.

It is widely speculated that the APC would like to have Ahmed Lawan as the Senate president and Femi Gbajabiamila as the Speaker of the House of Representatives as the party had planned, and failed, in 2015. It would be recalled that the party’s decision to throw up Lawan and Gbajabiamila then led to a schism among APC lawmakers, enabling the PDP to capitalise on the division and determine the outcome of the June 9, 2015 elections in the National Assembly.

In what could be described as a parliamentary coup d’etat, Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon. Yakubu Dogara defied their then party, APC, by emerging Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives in a contest that was characterised by subterfuge and guile. That set the tone for the cancerous executive-legislative bickering that slowed down governance in the last four years. But the party is said to be dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s to forestall a repeat of such outcome. Despite his purported interest, Senator Ndume has not publicly declared his ambition to be Senate president and no group has backed him in the media, but he is said to be fraternising with the henchmen in the presidency and believes he would be compensated for his role in the high turnover of votes cast for the president in the North East on February 23, 2019.

He was the APC Presidential Campaign Council North East zonal director. Curiously, Senator Omo-Agege, who said last week that President Buhari would give direction to APC on the subject of Senate leadership, has suddenly declared support for Senator Ahmed Lawan’s quest for the job. One would have expected that he would be pairing with Senator Abdullahi Adamu.

Two of them and eight other senators staged a walk-out on their Senate on February 14, 2018 in protest against the adoption of the report by the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on the Amendment to the Electoral Act The ten pro-Buhari senators led by Senator Abdullahi had kicked against the new sequence of elections adopted by the apex legislative chamber following the amendment of the 2010 Electoral Act. The provision in the bill that irked them was the proposal for the presidential election to come last, rather than first.

The eight other aggrieved APC senators at the time included Binta Garba (Adamawa), the late Ali Wakili (Bauchi), Kurfi Umaru (Katsina), Andrew Uchendu (Rivers), Abdullahi Danbaba (Sokoto), Yahaya Abdullahi (Kebbi), Abu Ibrahim (Katsina), and Benjamin Uwajumogu (Imo). Some groups from the North Central where Senator Abdullahi comes from insist that the zone should be allowed to retain the position of the Senate president since the North West and South West are retaining the positions of president and vice president respectively.

And despite being the zone that gave the APC the least votes in the general elections, the South East is also angling for the Senate top job. In a statement released to newsmen by a socio-political group known as South East Youths and Elders’ Forum to congratulate President Buhari on February 28, the group urged the president and the APC to zone the post of the Senate president to South East geo-political zone since the president and vice president came from the North and South West regions.

The group also noted that since the party maintained its early zoning arrangements, which zoned the post of president to the North, the vice president to the South West and Senate president to the South East, before the party could not produce any senator from the region in 2015 presidential and National Assembly elections, the party should therefore make a categorical statement reaffirming its commitment to the zoning of the Senate presidency to the South East region since the party now has two APC senators from the zone.

It is on this premise that the likes of Benjamin Uwajumogu, who was formerly Imo State Assembly speaker, is latching on to canvass for the seat. Orji Kalu is also said to be arguing that he is also a ranking senator by virtue of his three-month sojourn at the National Assembly during the ill-fated Third Republic during General Babangida’s era. LEADERSHIP Sunday learnt that the APC leadership is expected to meet in Abuja next week to agree on a zoning formula for the six presiding and principal officers of the Senate ahead of its inauguration on June 10. The APC won 65 senatorial seats as against 40 seats secured by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23 National Assembly polls.

Apart from the post of Senate president and deputy Senate president, the other offices include Senate leader, deputy Senate leader, Senate chief whip and Senate deputy whip. In line with tradition, the clerk of the National Assembly, Alhaji Muhammed Sani-Omolori, would on June 10, 2019, read the proclamation letter of President Buhari at the plenary to order the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly.

After the inauguration, which also signifies the end of the 8th National Assembly, the clerk will call for nominations from senators. By the senate rules, only 38 senators need to be present to form a quorum. The newly elected senators will then elect both the Senate president and the deputy Senate president. At the same time, the House of Representatives members will elect the Speaker and the deputy Speaker.

https://leadership.ng/2019/03/17/ranking-ex-govs-move-to-take-over-senate-presidency/

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Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by johnmartus(m): 10:58am On Mar 17
Those guys are thief na.especially Dajuma Goje

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Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by SamuelAnyawu(m): 1:30pm On Mar 17
I Stand With Orji Uzor Kalu grin

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Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by Baawaa(m): 1:31pm On Mar 17
Saraki see what you miss,

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Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by helinues: 1:31pm On Mar 17
Goats with no rope.. From where?

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Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by FreeConCiencE: 1:31pm On Mar 17
It's none of my business. I will work with anyone that emerges winner. But they should know that lobbying national assembly with money is not in my dictionary if that is why they are fighting for the position.

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Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by Truefaith: 1:32pm On Mar 17
"Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;

While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain" Ecclesiastes 12:1-2
Who knows which of us will be here tomorrow?


What happens if the owner of your breath asks for his property tonight?


YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN.



https://www.thetruechristianfaith.com/what-does-it-mean-to-be-born-again/

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Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by Yksoul(m): 1:34pm On Mar 17
YOU SEE THEM? THEY DON START AGAIN THESE SENALOOTERS
Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by sexyboy193: 1:34pm On Mar 17
Nigerian leaders and greediness are 5 and 6. Go help me this week
Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by Eastboi(m): 1:34pm On Mar 17
Na them, people hustling to steal our collective heritage.
Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by AbuAeesha: 1:35pm On Mar 17
I hope the seat of the Senate president would be zoned to the SE or SS for equity, I believe they deserve it!! though am from the north

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Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by abbaapple: 1:36pm On Mar 17
sad



That’s there own cup of Tea lipsrsealed
Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by QuotaSystem: 1:37pm On Mar 17
I support Omo Agege for Senate President.

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Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by Nyamiri: 1:38pm On Mar 17
AbuAeesha:
I hope the seat of the Senate president would be zoned to the SE or SS for equity, I believe they deserve it!! though am from the north

For the sake of equity, SE would get Deputy Speaker of House of Reps if they are going to get anything at all.

Igbos here on Nairaland have stated over and over that they aren't interested in the Senate Presidency, they don't want to have anything to do with Apc.

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Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by marvin906(m): 1:41pm On Mar 17
may the best man win or the best theif

Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by careytommy37(m): 1:42pm On Mar 17
I don't care who becomes senate president, so long as its not the glorified tout named omo-agege

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Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by Kendumazy(m): 1:47pm On Mar 17
No significance infrastructure in each states they governed, no any mind blogging technological infrastructural development, no any unique ideas to better the lives of the masses yet they aren't ashamed to go to senate to continue the show of backwardness.

8GB Atm card flash drive for #1000 only. Check my signature.

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Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by tsinzu: 2:14pm On Mar 17
careytommy37:
I don't care who becomes senate president, so long as its not the glorified tout named omo-agege
If omo Agege gets it, it will be back to the days of Royal rumbles in the senate every two weeks
Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by Deepthoughts: 2:14pm On Mar 17
ijustdey:


https://leadership.ng/2019/03/17/ranking-ex-govs-move-to-take-over-senate-presidency/

I don't really like the idea of the ex governors getting the Senate presidency just because they are ex governors,but Ahmed lawan will just be a complete stooge,let me prophesied that very soon saraki shall be praised for his courage.

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Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by BlastAfonja: 2:50pm On Mar 17
I stand with Uwajumogu , he is the most qualified being an APC Senator and from the SE.
Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by Bennycollins: 3:20pm On Mar 17
What did he miss? Apart from David Mark, which other Nigerian was Senate president for up to 4years. It is divine providence to have had the chance in the first place.
Baawaa:
Saraki see what you miss,

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Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by Sunnycliff(m): 3:23pm On Mar 17
Selfishness is the hallmark
Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by Xisnin(m): 4:02pm On Mar 17
I expect a royal rumble.
Buhari needs someone to constantly blame for poor performance, so he is waiting
for another Saraki to emerge.
Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by tabisegroup(m): 4:05pm On Mar 17
Akpabio right now

Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by rapthugx(m): 4:17pm On Mar 17
Has Benjamin Uwajumogu been returned as the winner of Imo north senatorial zone? I am not understanding this report.

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Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by OkaNaUbe(m): 5:39pm On Mar 17
We have to stop Governors from making the Senate their "retirement chambers"
Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by celeiyke: 5:40pm On Mar 17
Is the APC an Islamic party?
Lawan for senate president
Gbajabiamila for speaker.

So all heads of d 3 arms of government should be Muslims.
Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by calculator101(m): 7:10pm On Mar 17
Seeing OUK on that throne ....Go get Orji Uzor Kalu

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Re: Ranking Ex-Governors Move To Take Over Senate Presidency by Ugosample(m): 7:43pm On Mar 17
Just look at the calibre of people wanting to lead our Senate undecided
Nigeria is FINISHED

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