Oshiomhole: Six geo-political zones will have principal officers as APC zones key Senate offices

Oshiomhole: Six geo-political zones will have principal officers as APC zones key Senate offices

Chidi Samuel|

Adams Oshiomhole, the chairman of APC on Friday assured that each of the six geopolitical zones will have a principal officer in the Senate and a principal officer in the House of Representatives.

Oshiomhole also said that contrary to claims in some quarters, he does not possess the power to chose who becomes the Senate President

The chairman of the ruling All Progressive Congress, (APC) made the disclosure while appearing on Channels Television Programme, Hard Copy.

He said all that he has done with regards to the issue of who becomes president of the 9th NASS, is to engage members of the National Assembly and members of the executive, in a bid to bring the two together to discuss questions of how the party can manage its huge majority in the parliament.

“Do I look like someone who can appoint and impose somebody on the Senate, even if I wished to?” Oshiomhole asked.

He said all he has is the power to “persuade, the power to negotiate and the power to point out what might go wrong” if the party does not organise itself as to obtain a process for electing leadership.

“What that Principal officer will be, has not been resolved, we are currently discussing the zoning,” he added.

Indications have, however, emerged that the ruling party has tentatively agreed on power-sharing formula for five more principal offices in the 9th Senate.

The APC on Monday night picked the outgoing Senate Leader, Sen. Ahmed Lawan, as its choice for Senate President.

Sources familiar with the workings of the ruling party’s leadership disclosed that five available offices in the Senate has been zoned as follows, Deputy Senate President (South-South); Senate Leader (North-Central); Deputy Senate Leader (North-West); Chief Whip (South-East/South-West) and Deputy Chief Whip (South-West/South-East).

“We have tentatively agreed on how to zone the five remaining principal offices in the Senate.

“The formula agreed upon is as follows: Deputy Senate President (South-South); Senate Leader (North-Central); Deputy Senate Leader (North-West); Chief Whip (South-East/South-West) and Deputy Chief Whip (South-West/South-East).

The source continued, “The party leadership is still consulting with national leaders and senators-elect on how to fill these slots without acrimony in the APC caucus in the upper chamber.

“Depending on mutual agreement by stakeholders, we may still tinker with one or two offices.

“For instance, while the party favours the South-West for Chief Whip, some stakeholders have made a strong case that the slot should be for the South-East because the South-West had occupied it in the last four years.

The leadership of the party is expected to meet next week to decide on the formula for the House of Representatives.