As manoeuvring intensifies over the Leadership of the 10th National Assembly, Elders and Leaders of Niger Delta, under the aegis of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, have asked the Leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which has a majority of Senators-elect, to zone the position of Senate President to the South-South Geopolitical Zone, in the interest of equity and fairness.
In a statement by the national publicity Secretary of the group Ken Robinson said the last time someone from the present South-South States occupied the Office of Senate President was during the 2nd Republic between 1979 and 1983.
He added that the first was Chief Dennis Chukwudube Osadebey in 1960 and later Distinguished Senator Joseph Wayas, from Cross River State, in October 1979, and 1983.
The statement added that in the present dispensation, since 1999, the South-South Zone has not had a turn in the Office of the Senate President for over 24 years. The group therefore, implores the President-elect, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, along with other key stakeholders of the APC, and, indeed, all Senators-Elect of all parties, and the party hierarchies, to support the ceding of the incoming Senate Presidency to the South-South zone.