A socio-cultural group, under the auspices of Swing Nationalities of Nigeria, SNN, an Umbrella of All Minorities in Nigeria, has called on the 8th National Assembly members to as a matter of equity and justice allow the minority ethnic group in the north central zone to produce the next Senate President.
Addressing newsmen at a press conference yesterday in Abuja, national coordinator of the group, Mr. Tarsoo Ade said that there was a need to get a credible Senator to properly pilot the affairs of the National Assembly, adding that Sen. Akume is the most eligible for the position, given his political pedigree.
Ade insisted that Akume as Senate Minority Leader in the 7th Assembly gave the opposition a voice, adding that it was only natural that he emerged as Senate President.
According to Ade, “Senator Akume was very effective as Minority Leader in the Senate; thus, it is natural that the man who did well with little responsibility should be given higher responsibility. Besides, Senator Akume had proven to be a leader of impeccable character that has no religious or regional sentiment.
“Senator George Akume had single-handedly built the opposition in Benue state for several years, and eventually led the APC to overwhelming victory in the 2015 elections.
“One of the contenders for the Senate Presidency is Senator Bukola Saraki, who represents Kwara-Central senatorial district in the North-Central geopolitical zone, but belongs to the Hausa/Fulani, and the Yoruba blocks which has already produced the President and Vice President respectively.
“Akume when compared with others jostling for the seat has the best leadership quality to compliment the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari in curbing the menace of corruption and insecurity bedeviling the nation,” Ade explained.

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