Senator Godwin Akpabio, the immediate past Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, has been named the All Progressives Congress (APC) consensus candidate for the Senate presidency in the 10th Assembly, according to an announcement made by the ruling party on Monday.
The APC also selected Senator Jibrin Barau, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, as the next Deputy Senate President. The Senate presidency was zoned to the South-South, while the Speaker of the House of Representatives was zoned to the North-West.
In the House, the Speaker’s seat was zoned to Tajudeen Abbas, a lawmaker from Kaduna, and the Deputy Speaker slot was given to Ben Kalu, a reps-elect from the South East.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, informed journalists after a three-and-a-half-hour crucial meeting of the National Working Committee that only the zoning of the two principal offices in both the Senate and House of Representatives had been decided. Still, the leadership of the party would continue to consult with stakeholders.
Morka added that the zoning and consensus candidates were selected in consultation with President-elect Asiwaju Bola Tinubu at a meeting held on Friday.
He said, “The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress met today (Monday) to consider reports of consultations and meetings held with the President-elect, His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, other party leaders and stakeholders on zoning arrangement for 10th National Assembly leadership positions.
“The NWC noted with respect the outcome of the meetings held between the President-elect and the leadership of the NWC. The NWC called for further and better consultation with necessary stakeholders to assure the support of the aspirants to the National Assembly leadership positions and members of the party nationwide.