President Asiwaju Bola Tinubu
There is an ongoing meeting between President Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
PUNCH gathered that the meeting began at a few minutes past 2 pm shortly after the principal officers arrived at the State House.
It also comes shortly after Tinubu’s first security meeting with the Service Chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police.
Although the purpose of the meeting is not yet public, it may be connected to the inauguration of the members of the 10th National Assembly scheduled for June 5 and the eventual election of a new Senate President, Deputy Senate President, Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.
At least six senators are running for the seat of the president of the 10th Senate.
The contestants are from four of the nation’s six geo-political zones: the North-west, South-east, South-south and North-central.
Barau Jibrin from Kano State and a former governor of Zamfara, Abdulazeez Yari, are the two contestants from the North-west.
From the South-east, there were three aspirants in the race. They are the incumbent governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi; a former governor of Abia State who is the incumbent Senate Whip, Orji Kalu, and Osita Izunanaso from Imo State.
A former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, who was Senate Minority Leader between 2015 and 2019 before he defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the ruling APC, is a contestant from the South-south.