Senators, Reps-elect pick leaders today

It was reported that security was tightened at the National Assembly on Monday, preparatory to the inauguration of the 8th Assembly on Tuesday(today).

President Muhammadu Buhari, who will arrive in Abuja on Tuesday morning from Germany where he attended the G-7 Summit, is expected to conduct the ceremony which will be followed by the election of the assembly’s leadership.

But going by the happenings in the ruling All Progressives Congress and among its members in the Assembly, the elections of the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives may not be rancour-free.

The party had on Saturday conducted mock elections that saw Femi Gbajabiamila and Ahmad Lawan as consensus candidates for the House speaker and Senate President respectively.

But the mock elections were condemned by Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, who, in spite of the APC directive to them and their supporters, insisted on vying for the Senate Presidency and speakership on Tuesday(today).

Saraki and Dogora are hoping to garner most of their votes from the Peoples Democratic Party lawmakers.

As of press time on Monday, a series of meetings by stakeholders were about to commence at different locations in Abuja as the aspirants intensified their lobby to clinch the coveted positions.

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