- Senator Francis Alimikhena seems poised to emerge as the next Deputy Senate President
- The senator representing Edo north senatorial district, has been getting massive support from members of the APC
- A chieftain of the APC in the FCT, has added his voice to those calling for the elevation of the Senator Alimikhena
Mathias Aliu, Councillor-elect of Wuse ward, in the Federal Capital Territory, says the south will be cheated if the All Progressives Congress (APC) does not endorse Senator Francis Alimikhena for the position of Deputy Senate President.
Alimikhena, a retired military officer and second term senator, currently represents Edo north senatorial district and is the deputy majority whip of the Senate.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Friday, April 12, Aliu said the senator is in a position to promote the party's agenda in the southern part of the country because of his influence and being a performing senator.
“The south, particularly Edo state will be cheated if the party does not endorse Senator Francis Alimikhena for the position of Deputy Senate President,” he said.
He continued: “His track records speaks for him, he is one senator who has proven integrity and good leadership skills.
“The ninth national assembly needs what Alimikehna has to offer and that is why I call on our party chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and other party leaders, to consider my humble appeal.”
The Councillor-elect urged the senators-elect to avoid mediocrity and go for competence and loyalty.
“I urge our senators to do the needful. Nigeria needs to progress and the only way we can is by electing competent leaders.
“I am sure with a Deputy Senate President like Alimikhena, Nigerians would be excited at the caliber of leaders in the 9th Assembly. We only have one country and we should strive to make it better,” he added.
Meanwhile, a political analyst, Mock Samuel Kure, has stated that one of the front-runners in the race for Senate presidency, Senator Ali Ndume, lacks the maturity required to be Senate president.
According to him, the APC need not to be scared of Senator Ndume’s ''rabble rousing,'' adding that the party should rather be wary of Senator Danjuma Goje.
The APC had endorsed Senator Ahmad Lawan from Yobe state for the position. But, Ndume and Goje, both APC members, had also declared interest in the seat, and continued their campaigns ahead of the race.
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