The National Alliance for Legislation and Good Governance (NALGG), on Sunday in Kano drummed up support for the consideration of Senator Barau Jibirin of the APC, who is currently the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, to emerge as the next Senate President.
To this extent, the group, argued that Senator Barau’s North West zone and representing Kano North Senatorial District contributed 27.3% of the entire 38.9% votes cast for the APC in the North West, led to the victory of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to emerge, as the President-elect for the 2023 general elections.
In a press statement, jointly signed by the convener, Comrade Muhammad Auwal and the Secretary, Dr Mujitapha Bello, the group noted that it would be magnanimous for the APC stakeholders in the 10th Assembly to reward Senator Barau, with the post of Senate President, as payback and incentive towards contributing to the growth and development of the 10th Assembly.
“APC’s victory has ushered in a more pragmatic challenge, which will shift to the National Assembly, specifically, the Senate, to elect the leadership of this critical but all important arm of government.
According to the press statement, the significance of the National Assembly cannot be overemphasized, as it is critical veritable arm of government, central to the socio-economic development of the country, hence the necessity to elect a credible Senate President, who is endowed with the pedigree and capacity to initiate and champion result-oriented bills that will add more value to governance.
Following the zoning of the Senate Presidency to the Northwest, and specifically Kano State, it is appropriate to consider saddling the responsibility of the 10th Assembly Senate Presidency on the shoulders of Senator I. Jibrin, who has the competence, capacity and cognate experience, as well as adjudged the most ranking Senator in the entire North West Region.
“As a body of experts, which includes academics, social commentators, journalists and other professionals, who have significant stakes in legislation process and good governance in the country, we feel compelled to make bold our position, and submissions, on what and how the next leadership of the 10th National Assembly should look like.”
“But more significantly, Northern Nigeria, contributed the highest number of votes, which ensured Asiwaju and APC victory, as the region gave APC 38.9%.
Of that figure, Northwest alone gave 27.3%, to ensure victory at the polls, stamping its authority as a power block in any political contestations in the country. To this extent, the region should be considered and compensated adequately.”
“Democracy has always been a game of numbers, the Northwest, had always been the pillar and foundational base of the APC, right from inception. And, it is on the basis of its numerical strength and voting in block.
In Northwest, Kano State alone gave the APC and Asiwaju, the single highest figure in the presidential election, which sealed his victory.
Consequently, the renewed hope of the APC, under our able President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, would be made possible and seamless, if there is a robust leadership of the National Assembly, noting that such leadership, would fast track the passing of Laws and Bills, focusing on the general good of Nigerians.
Finally, the group via the press statement, called on the APC, the President-elect and other stakeholders to put their house in order, do a comprehensive stocktaking and reflect on the immense contribution of the Northwest in ensuring victory for the party, and zone the Presidency of the Senate to the Northwest, and further micro-zone it to Kano State.