N’West yet to produce Senate president since 1960, say APC youths
The All Progressives Congress (APC) North West youths have insisted on zoning the 10th Senate President seat to the region. The group noted that lawmakers from the region have never led the Senate since 1960.
The APC youth wing said there is never a better time than now to compensate the North West for its contribution to stability and well being of the nation.
Addressing journalists in Kaduna, the APC North West Youth Leader, Abdulhamid Umar Moh’d (Oscar), said the zone accounts for the highest voting pattern for winning presidential tickets and elections just like in the recently concluded presidential election.
Aside from the call for zoning the seat to the region, Moh’d urged the president-elect and APC leadership, in the interest of fairness and equity, to let Senator Jibrin Barau from Kano State be the next Senate president, as a result of his leadership track record.
Moh’d said: “We wish to draw the attention of Nigerians to the fact that since 1960, the North West, as a geo-political zone, has never produced a Senate president.”
“The South East produced Nnamdi Azikiwe as Senate President in 1960 under the National Council Of Nigeria And The Cameroons (NCNC); Dennis Osadebay was a Southsoutherner, who led the Senate between 1960 and 1963 under NCNC; Senator Nwafor Orizu was a Southeasterner who served as Senate President from 1963 to 1966 under NCNC; Joseph Wayas was a Southsoutherner who served as Senate President from 1979 to 1983 under National Party of Nigeria (NPN); Iyorchia Ayu is from North Central, and he led the hallowed chamber from 1992 to 1993 under Social Democratic Party (SDP), Ameh Ebute, equally from North Central, was Senate President from 1993 under SDP.
“Under the democratic dispensation from 1999, Evans Enwerem, a Southeasterner became the Senate President under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Chuba Okadigbo succeeded him from 1999 to 2000.
Anyim Pius Anyim, from Ebonyi State, took over the Senate leadership from 2000 to 2003 under PDP. Adolphus Wabara, from South East subsequently became the Senate President from 2003 to 2005 under PDP.
From 2005 to 2007, under PDP, Ken Nnamani, from the South handed over to David Mark, from North Central between 2007–2015 under PDP, while Bukola Saraki, between 2015 and 2019 under the all Progressives Congress (APC), and later defected to his former party, the PDP. Currently, Ahmed Lawan of the APC, from North Central, has been holding sway in the Senate since 2019.”
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