10th NASS: Opinion poll tips Osita Izunaso to become next Senate President
Osita Izunaso, the senator-elect for the Imo West Senatorial District, has been predicted to take over as Senate President as the competition for control of the 10th National Assembly heats up.
APC NewsOnline Television, an internet media outlet affiliated with the All Progressives Congress, conducted the poll that led to the prediction.
The online media analysed the chances of each candidate, including Senate Godswill Akpabio, an APC-adopted candidate and the former minister of Niger Delta affairs; Abdulaziz Yari, a former governor of Zamfara; Sani Musa (Niger East); Umar Sadiq (Kwara North); and Orji Uzor Kalu, Senate Chief Whip.
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The Chief Executive Officer of APC News Online, Dr Tom Ohikere, said a scientific and objective analysis of the aspirants’ chances showed that Izunaso remained the only aspirant in the race without a baggage.
Ohikere said, “Senator Izunaso also has the requisite experience and political dexterity, and comes with a clean record, without any fraud or criminal case attached to his name. He has a stainless reputation and humble disposition despite being on the political scene for the past three decades.
“The poll also found that while Yari and Musa Sani were considered men of integrity with sizable northern backing, their disposition will make them open to an Osita Izunaso Senate presidency, given that a northerner wields the deputy Senate Presidency and northerners are projected to wield other principal positions.”
The group added that it also found that similar charges by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), also made Godswill Akpabio an unpalatable commodity for this most prestigious office especially as Nigerians optimistically look forward to a new political dispensation of renewed hope.
“A few days back, National chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu admitted that the party took the position without adequate consultation. Adamu made this known when he received the aggrieved aspirants and their supporters at the National Secretariat. But acknowledged the role of patience and the need to await the return of the president-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“Upon his return last Saturday, a Lagos-based national daily reported that the President-elect would meet all the aspirants for both the Senate presidency and Speakership of the House of Representatives on Sunday but this turned out to be a ruse.
“Competent sources close to the incoming president however disclosed to our correspondent that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was seriously studying the situation,” the group further noted.