Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja
Senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday threw caution to the winds and engaged themselves in physical combat over the zoning of the principal officers of the 8th Senate. The UNION gathered that the bone of contention was the distribution of the remaining four key positions, including the Senate Majority Leader, Deputy Senate Leader, Senate Chief Whip and Deputy Senate Whip. Our correspondent also gathered that the dirty fight was squarely an intra Senate Unity Forum (SUF) affair, whose members failed to an agreement from the meeting.
The Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, had earlier at the Plenary announced a meeting of the APC caucus by 2 p.m. at the Senate Meeting Room 3:01. The meeting, which incidentally was the first time both factions of the APC Senate caucus would be brought together since their division for their quest for the Senate Presidency, took a rowdy turn towards the end. That was when some members of the SUF made their entry into the meeting room, which doubles as the Senate President’s meeting room.
The UNION gathered that nearly 50 of the APC senators were at the meeting when it was agreed that the North-East caucus would produce the Senate Majority Leader, while the North-West was allocated the position of the Deputy Senate Leader. The UNION also learnt that Senate Chief Whip was given to the South-West, while that of the Deputy Whip was zoned to the South-South. But Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi from Kaduna State insisted that the earlier zoning arrangements did not represent the correct position of the ruling Party. It was also learnt that a list of the Party’s preferred zonings and candidates was sent from the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, to the office of the Senate President.