As the jostling for the Senate Presidency of the 8th Assembly continues, the Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Ahmad Sani, has said that senators may defy the zoning arrangement of the All Progressives Congress (APC) if the Senate Presidency is not properly zoned.
Sani said yesterday in Abuja that the National Assembly was now made up of more independent-minded individuals who hold the national interest above that of the party.
He recalled that Hon. Aminu Tambuwal was not the candidate of the PDP for Speaker, but he was elected by members all the same.
According to him, if the APC does not zone the seat correctly, the senators may defy it and vote their preferred candidate.
“Zoning is a party matter, it is not a Senate matter, the senators can decide to vote for the best candidate that they think will lead them more properly and more efficiently.
“Party can make its zoning, if they don’t zone it correctly, and it is not acceptable to the National Assembly members, they can decide to do the election and elect the candidate they think will lead them properly.”
He however insisted that Rule Two of the Senate which provides that only a ranking senator can emerge as the President will remain binding on the Senate.
A ranking senator is one that has spent the highest number of terms in the National Assembly
Reacting to the sudden springing up of various caucuses driving diverse agenda on the issue of the presidency, Sani said that caucuses were normal in political parties and in other structures.
“Caucuses are normal situations in politics, whether in the party or the executive or the National Assembly, but that will not lead to division. Eventually, when it comes to party matters, they will come together.
“But as I said, if the party does not play its cards right, the National Assembly members may decide to vote for somebody else.
“And if the APC comes up with two candidates, I assure you, if the PDP is united, they can take the seat.”
Sani reiterated that more independent minded and credible people had been elected into the National Assembly.