TWENTY-FOUR hours to the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly, contenders for the various leadership positions were locked in last-minute horse-trading, last night, to get the upper hand at the election on the floors of the two chambers.
The two candidates for the Senate Presidency, Senator Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe North), and Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) have focused their attention on wooing senators-elect individually. There are also promises of chairmanship of strategic committees, among others.
Currently, there are 107 senators-elect as two are still being expected from Imo State. The APC has 62 senators-elect, PDP 44 and YPP, one. If the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC gives former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha his certificate of return for Imo West Senatorial District as ordered by the court, APC will have 63 senators.-elect