Bola Tinubu, the President-Elect, is scheduled to meet with members of the Senate and House of Representatives, as well as members of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC)’s National Working Committee (NWC).
It was learned that the purpose of the high-powered delegation meeting is to deliberate on the selection of Principal Officers for the National Assembly ahead of the 10th Assembly’s inauguration.
According to a source in the House of Representatives, the main agenda of the proposed meeting is to discuss the zoning of the next President of the Senate to the South-East in order to ensure a balance of power across the Federation’s other geopolitical zones.
According to the source, who requested anonymity, the North Central and South-South geopolitical zones will produce the Deputy Senate President and Deputy Speaker.
The lawmaker further stated that;
There is tension already and the party is determined to reduce it by doing its best to zone its offices beginning with the Senate Presidency to the South East, arrangements have been concluded to meet with our President-elect Bola Tinubu on this matter.
Since 2015 the distribution of leadership positions by the APC has not been balanced and we are committed to correcting it with the 10th Assembly, so far we are the majority with 57 senatorial seats.
During our party Primaries, the Southeast didn’t get the support of the party to produce the flag bearer, this didn’t go down well with them now this is another opportunity to prove to Nigerians that we are a party for all.
Although the decision lies with the Leadership of our party and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the NWC are on the same page with regards to this matter and our President-elect is a listener who loves to carry everyone along regardless of tribe or religion and he understands how marginalised the South-East have been in the scheme of things.
By the time we meet him, I’m sure he will see reasons to support our cause.
WITHIN NIGERIA has learned that Senate Chief Whip Orji Uzor Kalu and Sani Musa (APC-Niger North Senatorial District) are being considered for the position of Deputy Senate President.
In addition, the incumbent Deputy Speaker, Idris Ahmed Wase, a four-term member of the House, has been tipped to be the Speaker of the 10th Assembly.