9th National Assembly: North-East group backs Goje, Gaya declares DSP bid

The race for the leadership of the 9th National Assembly hotted up on Thursday with a ranking senator on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, Kabiru Gaya, formally declaring his intention to contest the position of Deputy Senate President.

Gaya declared his interest in the position just as a group started campaigns for another APC Senator, Danjuma Goje (Gombe), for the position of the Senate president.

Gaya, a fourth-time senator and chairman, Senate Committee on Works, said he was vying for the DSP position because he was the most ranked senator from the North-West geopolitical zone.

He also explained that the zone ought to produce the DSP since the area gave the highest number of votes to President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general elections.

Gaya also said there were strong indications that the APC leadership was considering zoning the Speaker, House of Representatives to the South -West, deputy speaker to the North-Central, while it had already zoned the position of the Senate president to the North -East.

He said, “If the six zones are accommodated in the sharing formula for the National Assembly leadership positions, four of them contributed tremendously to the election of Mr President.

“The South-West has now got the position of the Speaker. The North-East has got the position of Senate president. The North-Central has the position of the deputy speaker.

“Considering the zoning arrangement, it is clear that the North-West has been left behind and I am a ranking senator from the North-West. That means the DSP position should go to North-West.”

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