*Sekibo, Enoh, Manager, Akpabio In Hot Contest
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is currently battling with a ring of crisis similar to that of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over sharing of offices in the National Assembly, as elders of the party are equally divided on who gets what in the Senate.
Ranking Senators including George Sekibo (Rivers), John Eno (Cross-Rivers) and James Manager have already indicated interest in becoming the Senate Minority Leader, just as the former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio has also declared interest, The Street Journal reports.
The National Secretariat of the PDP had already zoned the position to the south-south, just as indications are rife that the contestants have been jostling to grab the post while scampering to get the backing of top members of their party.
There are reports that wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Dame Patience is rallying support for Senator Sekibo, while the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu is in support of Senator John Eno, one time House of Representatives Chairman on Finance.
Some PDP national officials are, however, said to be in support of the emergence of the former governor of Akwa Ibom State on the basis of a long time relationship they had both shared, a reason the party reportedly zoned the post to the south-south.
James Manager being the most experienced among the contestants initially stood the chance of grabbing the position having secured the backing of top Senators from the PDP, although the tide seems to have changed against him now given the heavier clout ascribed to his opponents.
There are indications that the factor of money may play a significant role in the choice of candidate for the post of Minority Leader in the Senate following the inability of the party’s leaders to arrive at a consensus.
The PDP after announcing the sharing of principal offices in the National Assembly in line with zonal arrangement had said it would not determine who gets what, having pushed the task of doing so to Senators and House of Representatives members.
The south-south Senators are to hold election for the offices of Minority Leader, Deputy Minority Leader, Minority Whip and the Deputy when the National Assembly resumes plenary on July 21