Grapevine has it that the All Progressive Party, APC, have confirmed that four high ranking Senators from the North East and North Central geopolitical zones have emerged as favourites in the race for the seat of Senate President in the 8th Senate that would emerge in June.
It was gathered that Senator Bukola Saraki, incumbent Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology; former Governor of Gombe State, Senator Danjuma Goje; incumbent Senate Minority Leader, Senator George Akume and the former Governor of Nasarawa State, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, have all indicated interest in becoming the Senate’s number one man and the nation’s number three citizen.
Former Governor of Kwara State, Saraki who defected to the APC in November 2013 had been linked to the top job following the gale of defections that rocked the National Assembly in 2014.
It was also learnt that there is still contention in the party as to the position of Akume, who is currently the leader of APC in the red chamber.
Many expected that Akume should automatically become the Senate President, having held the party together in the chamber in the last four years.
Former Benue State Governor had contested the position alongside incumbent Senator Davd Mark in 2007 but was defeated on the floor by Mark.
While Akume and Saraki are from the North Central, Senator Danjuma Goje is from the North East. Though he was said to have joined the race, it was learnt that he might be schemed out because the party plans to pick the next Speaker of the House of Representatives from the North East.
Senator Abdullahi Adamu, a former Governor of Nasarawa State was also said to have joined the race. He hails from the North Central and is seen to have equal chance like Saraki and Akume.
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