Senate Presidency: Akume denies meeting Tinubu in Lagos over zoning

Akume-TinubuThe Senate Minority Leader, Senator George Akume, has denied meeting with the National Leader of the All progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in Lagos over the zoning of National Assembly positions, especially that of the Senate President.

Akume is one of the front-runners for the highly coveted seat and is said to have the backing of the APC national leader.

Reacting to reports of the said meeting, the Senator, in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Beckie Orpin, on Thursday, said he, along with other Senators-elect, received President-elect Muhammadu Buhari at the ongoing 8th National Assembly retreat at the International Conference Centre, Abuja in the morning of Wednesday.

The statement added that the Senate Minority Leader later held other meetings with his colleagues up to the early hours of Thursday, April 30, 2015.

The statement read in part, “Senator Akume did not meet with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in Lagos or anywhere by 3pm, April 29, 2015 as published.

“The Senate Minority Leader is not pre-occupied with positions for now but rather, he is conferring with his colleagues on the need to work for the betterment of the lives of the good people of Nigeria and to have a vibrant 8th National Assembly

“That notwithstanding, the point has to be made that Nigeria at the moment is in dire need of a National Assembly leadership that is very purposeful, focused and result-oriented; one that is capable of providing a legislative agenda that positively complements that of the executive”.

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