Senate Presidency: 65 Senators Support Saraki, Group Headed By Dino Melaye

As federal lawmakers wait for the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to zone political positions in the National Assembly, a group known as The Like Minds has emerged with backing to the aspirations of senators Bukola Saraki and Ali Ndume.

The Like Minds claims to have 65 Senators on its list. The group is reportedly headed by former member of the House of Representatives and Senator-elect from Kogi State, Dino Melaye.

The group claims its membership cuts across all the six geo-political zones, including 27 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senators.

The group claimed it was working to ensure that no external influence or external political godfather hijacked the Senate leadership.

A source privy to the group disclosed that despite the alleged endorsement of a particular aspirant and his alleged sponsorship by the leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the numerical number of The Like Minds group continues to increase on daily basis.

The source further said the North East, which was said to have endorsed the candidature of Senator Ahmad Lawan has 15 Senators in The Like Minds camp and nine Senators out of 21 from the North West.

He also said 11 APC Senators out of 18 from the North Central had identified with The Like Minds, while 11 out of 18 from the South West had also given their backing to the Saraki/Ali Ndume camp.

He, however, said it was “the belief of The Like Minds that the decision on which zone produces the Senate President will be taken by the national leadership of the APC and that the group will only act in accordance with the decision of the party.”

Another source, who declined to be named also said that whoever emerged as the Senate President must be the consensus candidate of the Senators.

“We want to make sure that it is only Senators that will decide who will be the Senate President and not an external body.

“We are committed to serving the country and giving the best for the overall interest of the generality of the people,” he added.


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