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VP: Senate waits on Presidency

By Ben Agande
The Senate, Thursday, said it has not received any nomination for the office of  Vice-President from the Presidency, contrary to reports in some newspapers.

Spokesman of the Senate, Senator Ayogu Eze, told newsmen, yesterday, that the Senate read about the purported submission of the vice-presidentnominee in the newspapers like other Nigerians.

It was reported in some newspapers that the name of the Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Namadi Sambo, had been forwarded to the Senate for confirmation as vice-president.

Addressing Senate correspondents, Thursday, Eze said the Senate would make the name public as soon as it gets it.

“I want to confirm that we do not have any letter forwarding any nominee so far. We saw in the papers like everybody. We have not gotten it and when we get it, we will make it public,” he said.

Speaking on the call by some senators and members of the House of Representatives calling for particular persons to be nominated as vice president, Hon. Ayogu said it was part of their right to lobby for their  interests and it does not represent the views of the senate.

Vanguard however gathered that the choice of the next vice president may not be a serving governor but a former governor.

It was gathered that though state governors suggested the governor of Kaduna state, ‘it is not likely that president Goodluck Jonathan will choose him because of various interests and the need to be seen to be his own man.

“The president is still consulting not necessarily on who to pick but on a broad based criteria that would inform his choice that would meet the aspirations and expectations of as many Nigerians and interest groups as possible” a source close to the presidency told Vanguard.


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