By abiodunbalo • 15th Mar 2019 • 38 views • 8 comments


Some of the senators-elect, who received

certificates of return from the Independent National

Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, in Abuja,

have cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari and the

All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders not to meddle

in the emergence of the Senate president and other

leaders of the 9th Senate.

This is coming barely two and a half months to the

inauguration of the 9th Senate.

The newly elected senators further cautioned the APC

and the presidency to manage the issue of the election

of the presiding officers of the Senate in such a manner

as to ensure peace in the upper chamber as well as

harmonious relationship between the lawmakers and the


Speaking with newsmen at the event, the elected

lawmakers, though didn’t rule out the presidency and

leadership of the party playing some roles in the

emergence of the next Senate leadership, added that

they must be careful not to re-introduce fresh crisis.

The newly elected Senator Adedayo Adeyeye (APC, Ekiti

South) advised that for the 9th Senate to avoid the

leadership crisis that engulfed the 8th Senate, the

national leadership of the party must provide the

required direction to that effect.

Also speaking, the senator-elect, Bamidele Opeyemi

(APC Ekiti Central), suggested that whatever process

would be used by the presidency and party leadership

must be well managed to avoid any backlash.

He said: “The calibre and character of personalities

elected for the 9th Senate are very solid and promising

for the country, but leadership is key, the very reason

why the leadership of the ruling party must manage

well, whatever process it is going to use for emergence

of leadership at both chambers this time around.

“Once this is done, the party and, in particular, the

National Assembly and the presidency will be on the

same page on development-driven bills sponsorship,

policy formulations, and approvals.”

The spokesman of the Senate, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi

(APC, Niger North), told journalists that the lesson learnt

in the 8th Senate would be used to prevent the mistakes

of the past from happening.

He said: “I was a key player in the leadership

configuration of the 8th Senate and the attendant crises

that followed. As one of the 43 returnees now, the

lessons learnt will be used to prevent the mistakes of

the past from happening.”

A twist was, however, added to the leadership race on

Thursday as Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano South),

openly declared for the position of deputy president of

the Senate.

Recall that it was reported that Ahmed Lawan (APC,

Yobe, North East); Ali Ndume (APC, Borno, North East);

Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa, North Central) and

Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe, North East) are interested

in the position of Senate president.

With Gaya, a senator from North West declaring for

deputy and others from North East and Central eyeing

the Senate president, the Southern region will have

nothing in the Senate if this projection materialises.

Gaya, who declared his intention on Thursday at the

International Conference Centre (ICC), after collecting

his certificate of return as senator-elect from Kano

South into the 9th Senate, told journalists that his

aspiration is driven by mass appeal for it from his

colleagues and his burning desire to serve in the

leadership of the next Senate, having returned for the

fourth time.

He said: “I thank the Almighty Allah who granted me the

grace of being elected into the Senate for the fourth


“As regards the leadership composition of the 9th

Senate, majority of my colleagues are mounting

pressure on me to run for the position of deputy senate

president, which I want to use this opportunity to

announce that I’m running for the position, being one

the most ranking senators in the 9th Senate.”

He, however, added that his ambition for the position

would be determined by permission to that effect by the

presidency and the party just as he stated that had

Senator Bukola Saraki remained in APC and won, he

would have still retained his position as Senate


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