Hours to the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly, there have been report of vote buying in both camps of the lawmakers seeking elective positions.
While Senators Ahmed Lawan (APC, Yobe) and Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) are slugging it out for the position of the President of the Senate, Francis Alimikhena (Edo) Kabiru Gaya (Kano), Orji Uzor Kalu (Abia) and Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta) are in a hot chase for the position of the Deputy President of the Senate.
Recall Lawan was endorsed by the presidency and the leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC), while Ndume vowed never to step down but contest even though the party had endorsed Lawan.
Lawan had last weekend said that he has the backing of 60 APC members, 38 People’s Democratic Party (PDP) members and one Young Democratic Party (YDP) member, making 99 senators out of the 107 senators that will vote today.
It was, however, learnt that the lawmakers contesting for elective positions are spending heavily to lobby to win the support of members. It was also learnt that in a bid to outdo themselves, thousands of dollars have exchanged hands just to woo members for support. Despite the endorsement of Lawan, Omo-Agege, Femi Gbajabiamila his Deputy, Gaya, Alimikhena and Orji have vowed never to step down, even when the leadership of APC has taken position.