10th NASS: Tinubu’s condition for Akpabio to emerge Senate President revealed

The race for who leads the 10th National Assembly is reaching a climax, as new reports reveal that the President-elect, Bola Tinubu in a bid to settle for a consensus aspirant for the office of the Senate President has given a condition before the former minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio.

Sources that spoke with Vanguard disclosed that Tinubu directed Akpabio to attest to his popularity for the Senate presidency contest.

It was gathered that Tinubu asked Akpabio to convince him by producing 60 senators whom he had said had endorsed him for Senate President.

In essence, for any senator to emerge Senate President, he needs to have 60 votes on the floor of the Senate in June when the election of the presiding and principal officers holds.

Recall that APC has 59 senators-elect while opposition parties put together have 50 senators-elect, making it a total of 109 after the February 25 general elections.

The breakdown of the opposition parties standing are as follows: PDP 36; LP 8; NNPP 2; YPP 1; APGA 1 and SDP 2.

Meanwhile, about 37 APC senators-elect have rejected the choice of Akpabio as the Senate President.

Recall that the former governor was introduced alongside Senator Barau as Deputy Senate President.

But the senators-elect cited national unity and said they would rather vote for Orji Kalu and Yari as Senate President and Deputy.Senate President.

They also appealed to the president-elect who also chose Tajudeen Abbas for Speaker not to interfere in the elections of the presiding officers of both chambres of the National Assembly.

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