AS the inauguration and election of principal officers for National Assembly members draw closer, it appears a straight battle between ranking Senators from the North Central and the North East, for the Senate President seat.
While the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) claims to have jettisoned a zoning arrangement in favour of merit, for the top positions in the federal legislature, three powerful contenders have emerged.
They are Senators Ahmad Lawan, Bukola Saraki and George Akume, who incidentally, is the present Senate Minority Leader.
Other hot contenders for Senator Mark’s job are Senators Abdullahi Adamu, Danjuma Goje and Ali Ndume.
For these group of lawmakers from the North-Central and North-East, nothing short of the Senate presidency spot would do and each of them has something to bring to the negotiating table, having been elected into the Red Chamber for more than two terms.
From the North East are Senators Ahmad Lawan; Ali Ndume. Both lawmakers are from the Boko Haram-ravaged states of Yobe and Borno respectively.
Senators Saraki, Akume and Adamu are set to slug it out from the North Central.
Political pundits, however, favour Saraki and Lawan.