The Third Force for Third Term Arm has applauded the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC for distancing themselves from the selection of leaders of the 8th National Assembly as well as for not zoning the office of senate president to any region.
A statement signed by the Publicity Secretary of the Force, Mr Ralph Ugbelu yesterday in Abuja stated, ‘’The south-east and its kith and kin in the south-south have no APC senator in the Senate, however, the door is open to senators from other zones to vie for the seat of Senate president. ‘’Fairness demands that the north-west and south-west be excluded from the race because they have the president and vice-president already.
The change that APC preaches will not be limited to activities at the Nigerian presidency. It will be tested in President-elect Buhari’s ministerial list, in the selection of leaders of the National Assembly and in governance itself. The north-central wants to cling to the position, which it has occupied for eight years now through David Mark. Contenders from the zone have included senators George Akume and Barnabas Gemade of Benue State as well as Bukola Saraki of Kwara.
‘’The north-east wants it too. Senators Aliyu Ndume of Borno, Ahmed Lawan of Yobe, and Danjuma Goje of Yobe have indicated interest. Fortune in the race will favour one without excess baggage: Buhari would prefer one that has no case with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
North-west, south-west for Lawan
Following in the footsteps of the south-west caucus, the north-west caucus of the Senate endorsed the candidacy of Lawan for president of the 8th Nigerian Senate.
At a meeting of the north-west caucus co-chaired by Abu Ibrahim (Katsina), Kabiru Gaya (Kano) and Adamu Aliero (Kebbi), which was attended by 18 of the 21 senators from the zone, in Abuja, the senators unanimously resolved to support Lawan from Yobe North in the north-east.
A source at the north-west meeting said that the senators adopted Lawan because of his integrity: he has no case with the EFCC, he has been consistent in opposition from 1999, and therefore experienced. “We feel he is the right person that can drive the change agenda of the incoming Buhari administration,” the source said.