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Senators, Reps Jostle For Principal Positions As APC Set To Release Zoning For National Assembly President, Speaker

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is set to have the majority of lawmakers that will make up the 10th National Assembly after beating the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party (LP), and others.

This will allow the ruling APC to form the leadership of the National Assembly when it is inaugurated.

It was reports that data from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) shows that 423 seats out of the total 469 that made up the 109 in the Senate and the 360 in the House, respectively, have been won by eight different political parties. At the same time, a supplementary election will be held for the remaining 46 senatorial and constituencies next week.

98 out of 109 seats have been declared in the Senate, won by seven political parties, while in the House of Representatives, eight parties have won 325 out of 360 seats.

The details further showed that APC secured 57 in the Senate; APGA 1; LP 6; NNPP 2; PDP 29; SDP 2, and YPP 1.

Similarly, in the House of Representatives, the ADC got two seats; APC 162; APGA 4; LP 34; NNPP 18; PDP 102; SDP 2, and YPP 1.

According to Vanguard, some aspirants have already started compiling names of the members-elect for strategic meetings and campaigns. Of more importance was the name of the returnees in the current 9th assembly and the re-elected former lawmakers who are already familiar with the politics of the House.

A source stated that barring any last-minute eventuality, APC will release the zoning arrangements for the offices, especially that of the Senate President and the Speaker of the House, before the end of this week.

The publication gathered that the offices of the deputy Senate President and the deputy speaker of the House might be a battle between the south-south region and north-central equally.

But according to another source, the arrangement does not sit well with the current deputy speaker of the House, Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase, who is from Plateau State, north central zone.

He said that Wase is seriously angling to succeed his boss, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, but it remains to be seen how the power-sharing goes eventually.

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