Senate Presidency: APC NWC, Lawmakers-elect Meet Today

The is expected to wind down on Friday June 5, 2015 in order to usher in the eighth Assembly latest next week Tuesday June 9, 2015.

The inauguration of the eighth Assembly invariably comes with the internal election for the senators to decide who runs the helm of affairs of the house for the next four years.

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Two strong contenders Senators Lawan and Saraki, both under the All Progressives Congress, have been lobbying intensely for the past two months.

However, knowing full well the potential threat of allowing the opposition Peoples Democratic Party to control the senate, the National Working Committee of the All Progressive Congress may wade in today (Thursday) in attempt to present a consensus candidate for the party.

A top member of the National Working Committee disclosed that the decision to pick consensus candidates was part of efforts to prevent the opposition Peoples Democratic Party from controlling the , The Punch reported.

But a key members-elect who learnt of the development on Wednesday feared that failure to agree on consensus candidates could further divide his colleagues and give the an opportunity to play a major role in determining who would emerge as the speaker and the senate on Tuesday.

It was learnt that the opposition PDP had directed its members to vote against anybody picked as a consensus candidate by the APC lawmakers.

The APC National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, had in a statement on Tuesday, said the party’s National Working Committee would hold separate meetings with senators-elect and their House counterparts .

Already, battles for the speakership and the intensified on Wednesday with candidates reaching out to those who had arrived in Abuja for Thursday’s meetings.

The leaders will take place on June 9.

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