second and final term, the other members of the G-5 have completed their eight-year tenure.
By Johnson Atoukudu:
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate in the last election, Atiku Abubakar, are in conflict with the G-5 group regarding the minority leadership position in the National Assembly, particularly in the Senate.
The PDP and Atiku have expressed their support for Aminu Tambuwal, the former governor of Sokoto (representing PDP, Sokoto South), for the minority leadership role. However, the G-5 group is advocating for Senator Jarigbe Jarigbe from Cross River North for the same position.
Atiku and the G-5, consisting of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, former governors Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), have been at odds since Atiku became the PDP’s presidential candidate in the last election.
While Makinde is still serving as governor for his second and final term, the other members of the G-5 have completed their eight-year tenure.
During Atiku’s bid for the presidency, Wike, as a governor, led his four colleagues in opposing the former vice president’s ambition to succeed ex-President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the regulations and rules of the Senate and the House of Representatives, apart from the two presiding officer positions, eight principal positions are to be filled by elected lawmakers from both the ruling and minority parties.
When the plenary resumes on July 4, the Senate President is expected to read the letters from the parties announcing their nominations for the minority leadership positions.
Following the election of the presiding officers, both the majority and minority caucuses of the National Assembly will appoint their respective leaders.
However, the competition for the Senate minority leadership position seems to be causing tension among the opposition senators due to attempts by certain interests to impose a candidate on the Senate.
Lawmakers, speaking anonymously, allege that Atiku is responsible for the selection of Tambuwal as the minority leader.