President Muhammadu Buhari alongside the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday met with senators-elect on the platform of the ruling party to strategize for the emergence of a consensus leadership for the ninth Senate at a dinner in the Presidential Villa.
Oshiomhole in his remarks cautioned that the lawmakers should be careful not to repeat the mistakes of the past where the ruling party produced the Senate President only for the opposition to emerge as his deputy.
It would be recalled that lack of consensus among Senators on the platform of the majority APC members resulted in the election of Senator Bukola Saraki as Senate President of the eighth Senate in alliance with People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s Senators which later produced Senator Ike Ekweremadu as his deputy.
Oshiomhole called on the lawmakers to work on a consensus since the APC senators are in the majority so as not to give room to the PDP members to hijack the Senate leadership.
As things stand, four ranking members of the Senate have openly shown interests in contesting for the position of the Senate President.
These include the incumbent Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, former governor of Gombe state, Sen. Danjuma Goje, Senator Ali Ndume and former Abia state governor, Orji Uzor Kalu.
Oshiomhole urged the President, as the head of the APC political family, to wade into the leadership struggle to avoid the repeat of 2015 power struggle that resulted in the opposition taking over strategic committees in the Senate.
According to him, with about 65 Senators on the platform of the APC and over 230 House of Representatives members, the ruling party is in a comfortable position to form the leadership without the input of the opposition members.
Oshiomhole stressed that it is imperative for the party to get the leadership of the National Assembly right for there to be seamless working relationship between the legislature and the executive.