Strong indications have emerged that the Presidency has backed the Southeast for the post of the deputy Senate Presidency.
Fresh facts emerged on Tuesday from a reliable source in the Presidency that President Buhari did not endorse the post of the Deputy Senate Presidency to the South-South.
According to the source, the President at a recent meeting with some of the party stakeholders at the villa, revealed that he only endorsed Senator Ahmed Lawan for the Senate Presidency and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila for the speaker of the House of Representatives, and he asked the APC National Working Committee to ensure that all other positions were equitably distributed amongst other geo-political zones.
The source further revealed, that the President still holds strong opinion that the Deputy Senate President position should be zoned to the Southeast and South-South and that he is now open with his stance towards the position to favour the Southeast region. The source further dispelled the impression that the President hates the Igbos.
Meanwhile, the source also confirmed that at the emergency APC NWC caucus meeting which was summoned yesterday the Party had resolved that the Deputy Senate President position will be between the Southeast and the South-South. The source also disclosed that the the NWC were not able to agree on which particular zone between the South South and Southeast to produce the Deputy Senate Presidency.
According to the source at that APC NEC meeting which was held yesterday, also agreed with the Presidency that the position of the Deputy Senate Presidency was between the Southeast and the South-South.
This latest information has clarified the earlier report that the position had already been zoned to the South-South by some ministers.
The source said that the President was infuriated by the false reports earlier peddled by some ministers in the news that the President has endorsed the South-South to produce the Deputy Senate Presidency.
Also disclosed by the source was that President questioned if there was any issue in the Deputy Senate Presidency being zoned to the Southeast.
According to the source the President, from all indications believed that it’s only fair to give southeast the position of the deputy Senate President since the National Chairman of the party comes from the South-South and he also has just re-appointed the Central Bank Governor also from South-South zone.
In conclusion, the source indicated that as at the moment of this report, that the APC NWC after their emergency meeting on this same issue, only agreed to zone it to the Southeast and South South.
In line with all these, there are high indications that the matter will likely be settled on the floor of the Red Chamber as the 9th Senate inaugurates.