Following the intensifying the contest for the Senate presidency, 64 ranking and new senators-elect have met yesterday in Abuja.
They expressed support to the ex Kwara state governor, senator Bukola Saraki, for the post of Senate president.
The commendation came as ex Vice-President Atiku Abubakar yesterday said the chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was working hard to harmoniously resolve the intense tussle over the zoning of main offices of the National Assembly.
The senators in support of Saraki, who is from the North-central geopolitical zone, had decided to toss their weight behind the former Kwara governor because they want a “Senate president who is a product of the members and not imposed by a godfather.”
According to a source, those present at the meeting included 19 senators elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and 45 from the APC.
The source said those that attended the meeting comprised Senators Muhammad Adamu Aliero, Danjuma Goje, Andy Uba, Mohammed Ali Ndume and Gilbert Nnaji.
Others comprise Dino Melaye and Isiaka Adeleke, who have just won poll to the senate, the three senators introducing Delta state and two from Edo State, among others.
The notice gathered, is meant at awkward attempts by the APC to zone the Senate presidency to the North-east geopolitical zone, and efforts by the National Leader of the party Bola Tinubu, to impose Senator Ahmed Lawan, his preferred candidate from Yobe State, as Senate president.
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However, Atiku, who was in a closed-door meeting with the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, for almost an hour, told reporters that the changes that the incoming APC government means to bring into governance will not happen overnight but will be a continuing process.
The APC chieftains had in the last two weeks been struggling with the matter of zoning of principal offices to be engaged by the party in the National Assembly with different shareholders pushing for their interests.