by Dare Lawal
Ahmed Lawan from Yobe has said he wants the top job in the senate. So has Bukola Saraki from Plateau and George Akume from Benue. Even Danjuma Goje the former Gombe governor has signified interest to become senate president.
Only a handful of ranking senators in the North East and North Central like Bukar Abba (who believes he’s too old) and Barnabas Gemade (who just joined the APC), are not eyeing the exalted position of senate president.
But so too is Binta Masi Garba, who will be sworn into the senate for the first time in June as a senator representing Adamawa North. Her rookie status in the senate is the reason she’s unlikely to get the job, even though she has experience as the first female chairman of a state chapter of a major political party in Nigeria and a three-time member of the House of Representatives who has represented both Kaduna South in Kaduna state and Michika/Madagali in Adamawa.
However when senators look to elect leadership, priority is given first to returning senators, before those who had served as members of the House of Representatives. So she will rank low amongst the men listed earlier who have also signified interest in the race.
Anyway, Binta Garba has been speaking about why she thinks she is the woman for the job.
She said she would work to ensure unity, transparency and openness in the upper house if elected.
She said yesterday in Abuja that she has written to all her colleagues and other Nigerians on the need to support her candidacy to emerge as the first female Senate president in Nigeria.
“Apart from the fact that I’ve held several positions as a lawmaker in the House of Representatives, I am the first female chairperson of any public party in Nigeria, having been elected as the Adamawa State chapter’s chairperson of the APC in April last year. I am still holding that position and the unity I brought to the party brought about the successes we recorded in the recent general elections.
“As a delegate to the National Conference, I served in the committee on political restructuring and forms of
government. I know what Nigerians need when it comes to lawmaking and leadership. It’s time for all to support the female folks to be at the fore-front of decision making in Nigeria.”