Jibrin Barau, the Senator representing Kano Central Senatorial district, says he is the most ranked and experienced among those vying for the office of the senate presidency.
His claim comes a day after Orji Uzor Kalu, senate chief whip and senator representing Abia North argued that it was his turn to be president of the senate.
Barau made his claim known on Wednesday while addressing journalists at the National Assembly in Abuja.
He noted that he would officially begin his campaign for the position in a few days while he would formally declare in the coming weeks.
“I intend to seek to be the President of the 10th Senate. In the next few days, I will start my campaign and make a formal declaration,” he said.
He noted that the position of the Senate president is that of experience and competence, not sentiments.
He said, “Legislature is a distinct arm of government that doesn’t work based on sentiments, it works on your ability to get the job done. It is the tradition all over the world and it is also stated there in our rule book and the rules are drafted from our constitutions.”
Barau who has been in the National Assembly since 1999 and in the Senate since 2015 explained that the Senate rule guide gives credence to seniority and experience.
He said, “And it is stated there in our standing rules that aspirations of elections for the seat of the Senate Presidency shall be in accordance with ranking. Among those who are running for the seat of the Senate Presidency, I am the most ranked senator.
“So, it’s constitutional and among those who are showing their intentions to run for the Senate Presidency, I am the most experienced.
“The issue is that of competence. You need to be grounded, in the residue of the legislature before you become the Senate Presidency. Do you now play against competence based on sentiments?”
He added, “Remember that David Mark was a Christian, his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu was a Christian and the Speaker Patricia Etteh was a Christian because they were the most experienced and ranking and that is the tradition, so do we now relegate competence for other sentiments.”