Senate Presidency: Only reason I’ll drop my ambition – Senator Jibrin Barau


The senator representing Kano North Senatorial District, Jibrin Barau who is contesting for Senate Presidency, said he will shelve his ambition if the office is zoned to another geopolitical zone outside the North West by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

He said the legislature is a special institution that requires experience, exposure and capacity to manage the differences among its members.

Speaking when he was engaged by Parliamentary Advocacy Network (PAN), in Abuja on Tuesday ahead of the inauguration of the 10th National Assembly in June, Barau said, some of the rules also confer privileges on seniority and ranking lawmakers.

“Some of the rules of each legislative body confer on its senior or ranking members certain advantages that exclude new members,” he noted.

According to him, while it is important to have religious balancing when determining leadership, opined that the parliament should, however, be treated differently.

Senator-elect from Imo State, Osita Izunaso on his part, canvassed for a sense of belonging for all the regions, noting that the diversity of the nation is such that the allocation of government offices should go round.
Izunaso called for experience, capacity and competence as the foremost factors that should determine NASS leadership.

He said: “Experience, capacity, competence and other considerations such as ethnic and religious balancing must be factored into the leadership selection process at the next National Assembly.”

He also informed that he was presenting himself to his colleagues at the Senate as a loyal party man, lawyer, erstwhile journalist and former member of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for support to become the next President of the 10th Senate.

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