The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, has withdrawn his support for the former Governor of Benue State, Senator George Akume, as his preferred candidate for the Senate presidency.
It was gathered that the former governor of Lagos and his wife, Remi Tinubu on Monday night decided to pitch their tents with Senator Ahmed Lawan from Yobe State. At the Senate plenary yesterday, Remi Tinubu who is also a senator, caused a stir when she openly campaigned for Lawan to the surprise of other senators.
In withdrawing his support for Akume, Tinubu offered him the choice of becoming the deputy Senate president, which Akume immediately turned down.
It was also learnt that in the meeting of the North-central caucus of the APC that also took place on Monday night, when they got wind of the Senate presidency being zoned to the North-east, the news did not go down well with the leaders of the zone.
A party source said senators and other elected officials of APC from the North-central zone were worried.
“In the Middle Belt, Niger, Kwara, Benue, Plateau and Kogi were all PDP states, till they became APC states with the exception of Nasarawa State. Whereas, in the North-east, only Adamawa and Bauchi became APC states, as Yobe and Borno were hitherto APC states.
“So why is the national leadership of APC compensating the zone with the office of the Senate presidency? This is not how to reward victory.
“This also explains why Senator Akume turned down the offer for office of the deputy Senate presidency, as it would have been a sellout because of personal interests,” the source said.
THISDAY gathered that North-central members of the APC including all the elected governors, senators-elect and members-elect of the House of Representatives were planning to write a joint petition against the party’s move to zone the office of the Senate presidency to the North-east.
“This is not how to reward the zone that enhanced the political fortunes of APC,” the party source said, adding that all the interest of stakeholders must be protected at all cost, unless the party is looking for trouble.
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