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Senate Presidency: Yari, Tambuwal team up against Tinubu as Wike, Makinde order Senators to work for Akpabio

The opposition to the choice of Senator Godswill Akpabio as the preferred candidate of the All Progressives Congress and the President elect Bola Tinubu for the Senate Presidency has taken a new dimension as one of the leading aspirants Abdul’Aziz Yari has enlisted the support of Aminu Tambuwal, Sokoto State Governor to lead the group that will thwart his party’s arrangement during the election for the principal officers of the 10th Senate next June.

The APC on Monday confirmed that its National Working Committeee and the president-elect had settled for Senators Akpabio and Barau Jubrin for the Senate President and Deputry President while Abass Tajudeen and Ben Kalu were considered as the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Our correspondent learnt that the development has caused ripples within the party as many aspirants accused the ruling APC of not carrying them along and expressed their strong opposition to the sharing formula.

Senator Yari is leading a caucus within the party that has insisted that the post of the Senate President must be ceded to the North-West being the region with the highest contribution to the party’s victory in the 2023 general election.

Yari, Zamfara West Senator-elect, is now working with Tambuwal who is a Senator -elect from Sokoto to deliver the Senate Presidency to the North-West.

“All efforts to make Yari accept the zoning arrangement of the party have been unsuccessful. He has been avoiding the President-elect who may convince him to step down and has now formed an alliance with the opposition parties especially the Peoples Democratic Party with Tambuwal as the arrow head.

“Akpabio is not in the good books of many Senators-elect on the platform of the PDP and it’s been difficult to sell his candidacy to them and Yari is now exploiting the situation. Tambuwal, the current Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum is hugely popular and commands respect within the PDP and is ready to work with Yari to ensure that the North-West gets the top job.”

Meanwhile, Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers and Seyi Makinde of Oyo has directed the Senators elected on the platform of the PDP from their states to work for the emergence of Akpabio as the senate President.

Another source in APC told our correspondent that the Governors have sustained their working relationship with Tinubu and are working hard to see to the emergence of his preferred candidates for the leadership of the 10th Assembly.


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