OrderPaperToday – Senator Kabiru Gaya, aspirant for the seat of the Deputy Senate President in the 9th Assembly has stated that there is no issue if the Senate President and his deputy are from the North.
Gaya stated this in a briefing with journalists on Friday over statements that the top political positions in the country are held by Northerners.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) zoned the Senate President seat to the North with Ahmad Lawan as the candidate.
The party is said to have zoned the seat of the deputy Senate President to the South-south with Senator Ovie Omo-Agege believed to be its choice.
But according to Gaya, the law backing the election of principal leaders only states that they elect member from themselves and not by religion or region.
He explained: “The point is in the last three Senate assemblies, we have David Mark as Senate President from Northern Nigeria, Tambuwal as Speaker from Northern Nigeria.
“This last Senate, Bukola Saraki from Northern Nigeria and Yakubu Dogara from Northern Nigeria. This time, the APC is smart enough to have the Senate President from North and Speaker from South.
“The issue of North and South will not come. As leaders, we can’t talk of religion in the Senate and we don’t talk of zoning, we talk of out law which says we should elect from one of us. It didn’t say elect a Northerner or a Southerner or a Christian.”