THERE are indications that Bauchi
and Gombe States are favoured
for the position of Deputy Senate
President in the event of the
North-Central securing the Senate
President’s slot at tomorrow’s
meeting of the National Executive
Council, NEC of the All Progressives
Congress, APC.
The six states in the zone in 2011
lost their chance to produce the
Deputy Speaker of the House of
Representatives due to the rebellion
within the Peoples Democratic
Party, PDP, which controlled the
majority seats in the House.
The PDP had zoned the
Speakership to the South-West
zone while the Deputy Speakership
was ceded to the North-East zone,
but through subterfuge, members
countermanded the arrangement
and voted for Aminu Tambuwal
from Sokoto State (North-West
zone) and Emeka Ihedioha from
Imo State (South-East zone) as
Speaker and Deputy Speaker,
It was learnt that APC had
already zoned three positions:
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
to Adamawa/Taraba axis, Deputy
Senate President to Bauchi/Gombe
axis and House Leader to Borno/
Yobe axis of the North-East zone.
Party sources claimed that with
former Vice President, Atiku
Abubakar positioned to emerge
as Chairman of the APC Board of
Trustees, his state of Adamawa is no
longer in contention for the position
of Deputy Senate President and
House Leader.
Taraba State is also out of the race
because all its senators were elected
on the PDP platform.
The same thing goes for Yobe
State which currently produces the
APC National Secretary, but Borno
State is being favoured to produce
the House Lead

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