President Tinubu, ex-Gov Yari in fresh tussle over Senate Presidency
Despite being endorsed by President Bola Tinubu, the Senate Presidency bid of former Akwa Ibom governor, Godswill Akpabio, has reportedly hit a fresh block.
Reports say that three Senators-elect, Abdul’aziz Yari, Jimoh Ibrahim and Elisha Abbo, have called for a meeting slated for June 9 at 9pm at the Fraiser Suites, Abuja in a bid to counter the Akpabio’s ambition.
It is believed that Abbo and Jimoh Ibrahim are currently leading the battle for the emergence of former Zamfara State Governor, Abdul’aziz Yari, as new Senate President against President Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress’ choice.
It will be recalled that Tinubu had on Thursday reiterated his position and that of the ruling APC on the choice of Senators Godswill Akpabio and Jibrin Barau for the leadership positions as the 10th Senate President and Deputy Senate President.
Addressing the lawmakers-elect from the Senate and the House of Representatives in Abuja, the President congratulated all of them and expressed his desire and that of his administration to work in harmony with the 10th National Assembly in the overriding public interest.
With the exception of former governor of Zambara State, Abdul’Aziz Yari; Jimoh Ibrahim (Ondo) and Elisha Abbo (Adamawa); all other legislators-elect of the ruling APC from both chambers, were at the Presidential Villa to meet with the President and Commander-in-Chief on the Nigerian project.
Tinubu was said to have informed the lawmakers-elect of the fact that the position of the party on the choices of presiding officers in the Senate and the House of Representatives, has not changed.
He said: “The President of this country and his Vice are of the Muslim faith, and it is natural and in the spirit of national unity and equity that the position of the Senate President be given to our Christian citizens. We should not be seen to wanting to kill Christianity in this country.”
Abbo insisted that the lawmakers should be allowed a free hand to choose leaders without any interference from the President or the ruling party.
By their own permutations, the group is throwing up the former governor for Senate President and Jimoh Ibrahim from Ondo State as his deputy.
At the time of this report, our correspondent noted that the ongoing power tussle on the irreconcilable differences on 10th National Assembly leadership selection is rattling the national leadership of the ruling APC.