The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, says merit will not be compromised while choosing the Senate President.
Tinubu said this in Abuja on Thursday after holding a closed-door meeting with the President-elect Muhammadu Buhari.
He said he would not go against anything the party decided but assured that merit would not be compromised while making the decision.
He said: “Well, you have heard from the party; you have heard from leadership. My desire is not to rock the party. I am a disciplined party man and we will look at it critically.
“However, the nation is expecting us to take a decisive leadership decision. Merit would not be compromised. You have to be competent; you have to possess the character for the leadership.
“You have to be PAN Nigerian and be a very solid character to lead the National Assembly and that is what we are talking about,” he said.
Tinubu said the party had decided, in a meeting, that zoning would not be considered in choosing the leader because it could “compromise the credibility, qualification of an individual. “Let everybody aspire just like we aspired”.
He said predictions were rife during the APC presidential primaries that the party would run into “chaotic storm”. “We put those people to shame and came up with the best. Expect the best from us always,” he said.