...By Larry John for TDPel Media.
Abdulaziz Yari, the former Governor of Zamfara State, met with the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, in Bayelsa State.
Yari met with Atiku and other PDP stalwarts over the weekend in Bayelsa state capital, Yenagoa, for the funeral ceremony of the father of Governor Douye Diri.
Reports suggest that Yari, who is among the contenders for the Senate Presidency of the 10th National Assembly, consulted with Atiku over his ambition to become the Senate President.
Yari also met with some PDP governors and chieftains led by the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, to persuade lawmakers elected on the platform of the party to help actualize his ambition.
His meeting with Atiku and PDP stalwarts follows speculations that the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, has backed the former governor of Akwa Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio, for the 10th Senate Presidency.
Yari has said he remains determined to run for the Senate presidency despite Akpabio and Senator Barau Jibrin gaining 61 signatures for their joint Senate presidency bid.
A ranking senator revealed that the 61 senators-elect supporting the Akpabio/Barau ticket come from various parties.
The lawmaker also revealed that one of the front runners, Senator Ali Ndume, was asked by the president-elect to drop his ambition and support the Akpabio/Barau ticket, which he reportedly obliged.
The source said they aim to collect 70 signatures before the inauguration.
Speaking on Saturday with executives of Tinubu Shettima Network (TSN), led by the National Chairman, Kailani Muhammad, in Abuja, Yari insisted on due process.
He stated that the Senate Presidency is the senators’ business, adding that the lawmakers are doing what the constitution says, which is to elect their leaders within themselves.
It remains to be seen who will emerge as the next Senate President of the 10th National Assembly as the different political factions jostle for power and influence.
The political maneuvering and lobbying ahead of the inauguration of the National Assembly may lead to unexpected outcomes.