AHEAD of the inauguration of
8th National Assembly, Senator
Abubakar Bukola Saraki from
Kwara State has officially
emerged a sole candidate of the
North Central geo-political zone
in the race for the office of Senate
According to the All Progressive
Congress, APC in the zone,
which made the announcement
in Abuja yesterday, the choice
of the chairman of Senate
Committee on Environment as
its sole candidate followed the
withdrawal of another contestant
from the zone, Senator George
Akume from the race.
In a communiqué at the end of
a crucial meeting of APC zonal
chairmen held in Federal Capital
Territory, the zone resolved and
unanimously declared it is only
interested in the office of the
Senate Presidency which had
earlier been zoned to it by the
National Working Committee,
NWC of the party.
The communiqué said that
sequel to the personal decision
of one of the contenders from
the zone that he had withdrawn
his aspiration and interest from
contesting the position of the
Senate President of the 8th
Senate, they are left with no other
obvious conclusion that Saraki
remains the sole candidate from
the zone to be presented to the
leadership of the party for the
position of Senate President.
It explained that the sole
endorsement of Saraki was
borne out of his unprecedented
commitment to the growth
and success of the party at all
levels in the zone and across the
The communiqué read in part;
“that we are resolute in our
collective decision to produce
a single candidate from the
zone to the office of the Senate
Presidency and we abide by
same considering the fact that all
our distinguished senators from
the zone had equally maintained
similar position in their earlier
The chairmen who endorsed
the communiqué have therefore
rejected an attempt by some
individuals and a group within
and outside the North Central
making efforts to jeopardize the
collective will of the people of
the zone.
They vehemently opposed
any alliance, horse trading and
fixing of positions in a way
that may sabotage the official
position of the zone as such step
runs contrary to the interest and
yearnings of the people, the
APC members and the zone on
a larger scale.
“As the Party leaders in
our various states, we hereby
unequivocally say that our
people unanimously give their
support to Saraki’s Senate
Presidency without iota of doubt
in his ability to make the zone
and Nigeria proud in no distance
future just as he had delivered in
other endeavours he has been
involved in the past”.
The communiqué was signed
by: Hon. Letep M. Dabang,
Plateau chairman; Alhaji Haddy
A. Ametuo, Kogi chairman;
Hon. Philips Shekwo, Nasarawa
chairman; Alhaji Usman Malik,
FCT chairman; Engineer
Jibrin Imam Mohammed,
Niger chairman and Hon.
Ishola Balogun Fulani, Kwara