24 June 2011
Abuja — The decision of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to zone the Senate Majority Leader to the South-South is still causing ripples in the Senate, as the South-South Senate Caucus yesterday told their counterpart from the North-East to forget the position.
Senators from the North East, who are opposing the zoning of the majority leader, had argued that they had been denied the position because the leadership of the Senate was being Christianized.
But spokesperson for the South-South Senate Caucus, Senator Heinekin Lokpobiri, in reaction to the statement, said it was an attempt by the North-East senators to arm twists the Senate into giving them the position.
Senator Lopkobiri also accused the North-East Caucus of trying to northernize the National Assembly, arguing that the zone would have itself to blame, if it cried of marginalization after the alleged trade off of the position of the deputy speaker.