I’m still in race for senate president, I’m not aware of zoning formula – Yari

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A former governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yari, has said he is still in the race for senate president.

The senator-elect spoke on Monday while addressing reporters on the sidelines of the induction ceremony of new and returning members of the national assembly.

The ruling party had nominated Godswill Akpabio and Jibrin Barau as president of the senate and deputy senate president respectively.

Yari, however, said it is the right of any senator-elect to aspire to be a presiding officer of the upper legislative chamber.

“I am a loyal party man, nobody has told me that any position has been zoned to anywhere as far as the 10th national assembly is concerned.

“Position of president of the senate is first among equals among the 109 senators. Any senator-elect who wants to occupy the position must seek the support of others which I am doing.

“It is a hire and fire arrangement. I want them to hire me as president of the 10th senate on the day of the inauguration. Many of those approached by me have given their support and I won’t disappoint them.

“My becoming senate president on the day of inauguration lies with a decision that will be made by 108 other senators that day and nothing else,” the senator-elect said.

The former governor was one of the senators-elect to present a “protest letter” to the leadership of the APC over the zoning formula for the leadership positions of the 10th assembly.

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