Why South East, South South should jettison clamour for deputy senate president, by Gaya
The South South and the South East geopolitical zones of the country have been advised to jettison their clamour for power sharing in the next dispensation.
Senator Kabiru Gaya, representing Kano South Senatorial District, gave the advise while declaring his intention to contest for the office of deputy senate president recently.
Gaya noted that politics was about loyalty and also a game of number, saying the two zones did not really vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to him, the North West contributed over six million votes to the APC victory hence the zone could not afford to be left out when crucial decisions would be taken.
“If there is a meeting of presiding officers, we may not have anybody from North West. It is not fair because with six million votes, 20 senators, I think North West deserves the deputy senate president slot.
He said though the party has not zoned the position yet, he was hopeful it would be zoned to the North West.
When asked to comment on the politics of winner takes all being played out by the APC, he said it was not the matter of winner takes it all but reward for loyalty.
“You see, when you clamour for support and you are given that support you have to give them the dividend of democracy.
“As a senator, some local governments performed better than others. I will try to encourage them so that tomorrow more people can vote for me, while the other group, which did not vote for me, would be provoked to vote for me next time,” he said.
He stated that there were other positions like the senate leader, deputy senate leader, chief whip and others, saying every zone in the Senate would have a position.
“You cannot give a zone with one senator deputy senate president at the expense of a zone with 20 senators. Even among your children, the one who does your errands you will try to please him more, so that the others will try to emulate that your favourite,” he added.