The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole has revealed that the South-South is being considered for the office of the deputy Senate president.
He disclosed this last night, through his spokesman, Mr Simon Egbebulem.
Noting that except for the Senate president and speaker of the House of Representatives, which have been settled, he said the South-South geopolitical zone may produce the next deputy Senate president.
There were reports that the party already zoned the position to the South-South, especially to Oshiomhole’s kinsman, Simon Egbebulem, who was re-elected to represent Edo north in 9th National Assembly, but the APC chairman described the insinuations as untrue.
Leadership reports that Oshiomohole said: “the party is working on how to share the position so that every part of the country will have a sense of belonging, the process has begun and the party is backing Femi Gbajabiamila and Ahmed Lawan for the position of Speaker and Senate president respectively.”
Other major contenders for the office are Senators Robert Ajayi Boroffice, Oluremi Tinubu and Ovie Omo-Agege.
For the speakership of the House of Representatives, Hon. Mohammed Umaru Bago (North Central) earned more support of those campaigning for the zone to produce the next occupant of the office, on the argument that the Senate presidency has been zoned to the Northeast and Femi Gbajiabiamila, the purported APC’s chosen candidate, should step down for Bago because the Southwest has clinched the vice president’s slot.
Bago’s (APC Niger) supporters insisted that he is the best to represent the North Central zone, stressing that the region plays the balancing act in the nation’s politics and should not be denied the speakership slot for the fact it has never produced a presiding officer in the Green Chamber.