The Kano South Senatorial District, Senator Kabiru Gaya, indicated his interest in the Deputy Senate President seat.
Already, seven ranking senators from the South-West are believed to be eyeing the position based on an assumption that the APC leadership would zone it to the geopolitical zone.
The senators-elect including Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central) and Ibikunle Amosun are said to be interested in the position.
Gaya introduced a new twist on Thursday when he told journalists at the International Conference Centre, Abuja after collecting his certificate of return that he was also interested in the Deputy Senate President seat.
He said his aspiration was driven by mass appeal for it from his colleagues and his burning desire to serve in the leadership of the ninth Senate having returned for the fourth time.
He said, “As regards the leadership composition of the ninth Senate, the majority of my colleagues are mounting pressure on me to run for the position of the Deputy Senate President . I want to use this opportunity to announce that I’m running for the position being one of the most ranking senators in the ninth Senate.”
He nevertheless said that the actualisation of his dream would be determined by the APC leadership and the President.
The ambition of Gaya may not be unconnected with the pressure being mounted by the South-East and the South-South to produce the next Senate President.
Already, a ranking senator, Benjamin Uwajumogu, an APC member from Imo North), has been re-elected from the zone.
In the South-South, Francis Senator Alimikhena, (Edo North) and his counterpart for the Delta Central, Ovie Omo-Agege, were also re-elected.
There are reports that senators Ahmed Lawan ( APC Yobe North), Ali Ndume ( APC Borno South) and Danjuma Goje ( APC Gombe Central) may contest the Senate Presidency .