Reports indicate that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is going ahead with an open primary to select a sole candidate to succeed David Mark as Senate President next month.
Reports say 59 senators and senators-elect of the party will make the decision at a one-day retreat tomorrow.
According to a Daily Sun report, it not is yet clear whether the primary would hold in Abuja or Lagos but it was further gathered that, all the 59 senators and senators-elect are “expected to sign an undertaking to abide by the party position on whoever emerges as the party’s candidate after the primary.”
“Thereafter, the runner-up is expected to emerge as the deputy Senate President. In the event where the runner-up is from the same zone as the winner of the primary, another primary election would be conducted and whoever emerges would be the deputy,” the report quoted a source to have said.
Presently, major contenders are: Senators Ahmad Lawan (Yobe, North east), Bukola Saraki (Kwara, North central), George Akume (Benue, North central) and Ali Mohammed Ndume (Borno, North east).
Some senators are reportedly not happy with the arrangement. They would rather senators are allowed to “choose our leader in the chamber,” said a senator from the North west but who declined to be named.