Senate Presidency : APC to effect religion balancing in Zoning
By Abdulateef Bamgbose
Ahead of inauguration of the 10th Senate in June, Senator Sani Musa ( APC Niger East ) , declared Tuesday that the National Executive of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) , will address the issue of religion balancing in the zoning formula to be used for election of presiding officers.
Sani Musa who made the declaration while fielding questions from journalists covering the Senate , said the Muslim – Muslim ticket used by the party to win the Presidential election , must be balanced at the configuration of leadership of the 10th National Assembly for unity of the country .
He said : ‘ This is a real ambush. Why don’t you wait till when I will make my declaration, but since you decide to ask me, I will say, there is no office deserves to be zoned to the North Central than the Office of the Senate President, but as a party loyalist, and.having an interaction with the party leadership before the governoship and House of Assembly elections at the presidential Villa, the National Chairman of APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu requested that we all keep our intentions until when the party decide to release the zoning formula.
‘Be that as it may, and as we can all see that the Muslim-Muslim ticket, which am sure will be addressed, we will queue in and decide to make our declaration.
“I would not want to pre-empt the party, I will wait for the decision of the party. Whatever is the interest of the North Central as one of the geopolitical zones that gave the President-elect Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the highest votes. If you look at the difference we gave to APC and the votes we gave to PDP, we have the largest.
“I do know there will be nothing less than the Deputy Senate President because that is what will be fair to us”.
He however said his ambition is to run for Senate Presidency and use the office to collaborate with the executive in turning things around for good in the country .
‘ Every human being has ambition. I intend to come in order to save our Constitution and democracy in this country. You are all witnesses to what is going on in this country. Imbalances in this country.
” Our forefathers since independence did it in such a way that the future generations will come together and live as one. So there is no need for me not to vie for this position and when I come in an going to strengthen the administration.
“There is a high rate of inflation with 2 digits, unemployment, insecurity is there, the value of naira has gone so down. You can imagine what is happening with our naira.
” It shouldn’t happen in a country like Nigeria. We are supposed to be the most advanced economy in Nigeria, but alas! , we are where we are today for reasons best known to us all .
” The institution that will serve as antidote to strong policies that will unite this country for prosperity is the National Assembly and the National Assembly needs presiding servants, those that will feel the feelings of Nigerians from the streets.
” But as earlier said , if for the sake of religion balancing and unity of the country , Senate Presidency is not zoned to North Central , Deputy President of the Senate , should be given “