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.
Some senators-elect on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, met last night in Abuja. At the meeting, the Senators are taking a position collectively on how their votes would go and also brainstormed on the way forward the Ninth National Assembly.
Recently, Oshiomhole drew the ire of the PDP lawmakers when he said the APC as the ruling party would not share leadership and chairmanship positions with the PDP except statutory slots meant for the opposition.
A source at the PDP senators-elect meeting told Newsflash247 that the time has come for them to reply Oshiomhole over his stand that the APC would not share positions with the PDP except the statutory Public Accounts which is traditionally for the opposition in the Senate and House of Representatives.
The source said further that the move is to show to the APC National Chairman that as Senators, they are men and women who have occupied various positions in the society and should not be addressed the way and manner Oshiomhole did.