10th assembly: Tinubu meets APC consensus candidates

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

The President-elect, Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday, met with the House of Representatives candidates for Speaker and Deputy Speaker endorsed by the All Progressives Congress.

Tinubu, a former Lagos State governor, met with both Hon. Tajudeen Abbas and Hon. Benjamin Kalu, endorsed by the ruling party for the House leadership shortly before he left the country for Europe.

In a statement by Tinubu’s media aide, Tunde Rahman, Abbas and Kalu were presented to the President-elect by the Joint Task Team of the House.

Tinubu, who left the country on a working visit to Europe shortly after the meeting, is expected to “finetune the transition plans and programmes” during the trip.

“During the visit, the President-elect will engage with investors and other key allies with the goal of marketing investment opportunities in the country and his administration’s readiness to enable a business-friendly climate through policies and regulations.

Already, meetings with multi-sectoral actors in Europe’s business community including manufacturing, agriculture, tech and energy have been lined up.

“Asíwájú Tinubu hopes to convince them of Nigeria’s readiness to do business under his leadership through mutually-beneficial partnerships premised on jobs creation and skills acquisition,” the statement read in part.

The All Progressives Congress on Monday announced the immediate past Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godwin Akpabio, as its consensus candidate for Senate presidency in the 10th Assembly.

The ruling party also adopted the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Jibrin Barau, as the next Deputy Senate President.

The APC zoned the Senate presidency to the South-South and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to the North-West.

In the Green Chamber, the seat of Speaker of the House of Representatives was zoned to a Kaduna lawmaker, Tajudeen Abbas, while Ben Kalu, a reps-elect from South-East, clinched the Deputy Speaker slot.