WITH election into the 109 seats in the Senate almost over, jostling for the Senate presidency and other principal offices has started.
The Senator Ahmad Lawan-led 9th Senate will cease to exist on June 10 and the 10th Senate will be inaugurated on June 11, 2023.
Currently 101 Senate slots have been filled with the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC having 56. The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has 27 senators; the Labour Party has five; the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP, has two; Social Democratic Party, SDP has two, All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA and the Young Progressives Party, YPP, have one senator each.
Already, high-wire intrigues are trailing jostling for the Senate Presidency and other key positions
Before the Senate adjourned plenary penultimate Thursday till March 14 to enable the lawmakers participate in the March 11 Governorship and State Assembly elections, which have now been postponed to march 18, there had been series of meetings especially among the ranking senators on how to shape the incoming Senate and the National Assembly at large.
According to the Standing Orders of the Senate, during the first sitting of a new Senate, pursuant to the Proclamation of the first sitting of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senators-elect shall assemble at the time and place so appointed and the business of the day would be to elect the two presiding officers, the Senate President and the Deputy Senate President.
Among the 101 senators-elect, 30 are currently serving in the 9th Senate. Ahead of the inauguration of the 10th Senate, some of the senators-elect and ranking senators from the APC, with their body language, are indicating their interest to vie for the position of the Senate President.
With the election over, we have senators who will metamorphose from the 9th to the 10th Senate. The 30 of the 55 serving senators who sought for re – election on February 25 and won include the Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu, APC, Abia North; Enyinnaya Abaribe, APGA, Abia South; Elisha Abbo, APC, Adamawa North; and Binos Dauda Yaroe, PDP, Adamawa South.
Others are Senators Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, YPP, Anambra South; Seriake Dickson, PDP, Bayelsa West; Abba Moro, PDP Benue South; Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe, PDP, Cross River North; Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, APC, Ekiti Central and Francis Fadahunsi, PDP, Osun East.