The battle for who becomes the next Senate President and Speaker of the 10th Assembly is building up .
NAIJA NEWS NG brings you some news on who is doing what as we head to the end of the 9th Assembly .
Senator Shehu Sani has thrown his weight behind former Abia State Governor, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu to succeed Senator Ahmad Lawan as Senate President .
The vocal former Senator tweeted : “The Senate Presidency should go to the South East for equity and justice.
“There is no better person to stabilise the National Assembly and maintain balance like Orji Uzor Kalu, particularly since he has demonstrated his flair as Chief Whip of the Senate.
“I’m not of the APC but I think he remains the best option out of those who offered themselves. And Kalu has the experience and the pedigree as well.”
For the battle for who becomes the next Speaker of the House of Representatives, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila has met with all the 9 contestants who want to sit on his throne .
Gbajabiamila said in a tweet that he has worked with all the contestants for years and believes anyone who emerges the next Speaker will do a good job in sustaining the legacy of the 9th assembly.
He wrote : “Yesterday (Thursday), I met with aspirants for the office of the Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives in the coming 10th Assembly. All 9 aspirants I have known and worked with for many years and I have no doubt will do well in continuing and building on the legacy of the 9th Assembly.”
Sources at the meeting told The Nation that Gbajabiamila said the meeting was a kind of reconciliation to ensure the aspirants work in harmony for the common good of the House and their party, the APC.
The source said: “I think the meeting was to forge the way forward and to find a way of avoiding a rancor-free campaign for them and to avoid things that can impede the integrity of the House.
You are aware that the party has to speak out first on the zoning arrangement for the position. On the other hand, the Speaker cannot impose any of the aspirants on the others. So, the meeting is to find a way of ensuring that they work together in the interest of all.
It is also to ensure that the aspirants do not make any comment or statement that is negative about each other as they go about their campaign.
He believes in the capacity of these men, having worked with them for a while now. But the party must speak out first before anyone can begin to take position.”
This online Newspaper gathered that those in the meeting include Deputy Speaker Ahmed Idris Wase; Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation Aliyu Mukthar Betara; Chairman of the House Committee on Navy, Yusuf Adamu Gagdi; Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Benjamin Kalu and Chairman, House Committee in Land Transport, Tajudeen Abbas.
Others include the Chairman of the House Committee on Disaster Preparedness, Abdulraheem Olawuyi; Chairman of the House Committee on Water Resources, Sada Soli Jibia, Abubakar Makki Yalleman, and Sani Jaji.
They were joined at the meeting by Deputy House Leader, Peter Akpatason.