Senate Presidency: Izunaso Leads Akpabio, Yari, Kalu in APC’s Media Assessment


The All Progressives Congress APC online media outfit, the APC NewsOnline Television, has analysed the chances of all the aspirants for the position of Senate President in the coming 10th National Assembly.

In a scientifically and objectively dissected analysis, the news medium presented Senator Osita Izunaso as the only aspirant without a baggage and possessing the best qualifications in terms of legislative experience, intellectual capacity and commitment to the party.


The outfit which is popular for promoting and clarifying the APC’s core objectives and ideological direction, has always been on the APC general campaign machinery since the party ascendancy on the national scene, and is allied to the APC BroomPlatform, which is a grade A support group of the APC, and serving as the intellectual power house of the party.

After carrying out a strategic nationwide polling of Nigerian professionals, politicians and media practitioners on their legislative expectations for the next four years found a growing acceptance that while the South East should produce the Senate President, the Senator-elect from Imo West and a long time APC strategist, should mount the rostrum of the red chambers.

It said Izunaso has a stainless reputation and humble disposition despite being on the political scene for the past three decades unlike his main rival from the region, former Governor Orji Uzor Kalu.

It also found that similar charges by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, made Godwill Akpabio an unpalatable commodity for this most prestigious office especially as Nigerians look forward to a new political dispensation of renewed hope.

While most Nigerians wanted a Christian for the Senate presidency, they wanted one that could make a difference and build relationships to the people, after years of such a break in practice.

The poll also found that while Yari and Musa Sani were considered men of integrity with sizable northern backing, their disposition will make them open to an Osita Izunaso Senate Presidency, given that a northerner wields the Deputy Senate Presidency and Northerners are projected to wield other principal positions.

Senator Osita Izunaso, who recently joined the race for the Senate Presidency, has been giving the hitherto front-runners, God’swll Akpabio and Orji Uzor Kalu, a run for their money. Recall that the APC on May 6, endorsed Akpabio, Jibrin Barau for the position of the Senate President and Deputy Senate President while Tajudeen Abbas and Ben Kalu were endorsed for Speakership and Deputy Speakership.

But the endorsement has been generating ripples and disaffection leading to even open resistance and planned insurgency against the party hierarchy.

Few days back, National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, admitted that the party took position without adequate consultation. Adamu made this known when he received the aggrieved aspirants and their supporters at the National Secretariat. But he acknowledged the role of patience and the need to await the return of the president-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Upon his return last Saturday, a Lagos-based national daily reported that the President-elect would meet all the aspirants for both the Senate Presidency and Speakership of the House of Representatives on Sunday but this turned out to be a ruse.

Competent sources close to the incoming president however disclosed to our correspondent that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was studying the situation.

He may not meet with the aspirants until after May 29 when he assumes full powers.

The president-elect was said to have made up his mind to tinker with the unpopular zoning formula and come up with a new one that would enhance national cohesion.


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