From all indications, the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, may likely reveal the selected committee members of the 10th Senate this week.
This disclosure was made by close sources, who are privy to information in the National Assembly.
Premium Politics had earlier reported that the Senate Majority Leader, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele after his election, said the committee members will be constituted as soon as possible.
Reports revealed that the purpose of Senator Akpabio’s meeting with President Bola Tinubu was to discuss the issue of committee members of the red chamber.
According to The Punch, a close source who is very conversant with what is happening around the power corridor, said a few committee members would be constituted by the Senate President, this week.
Another source also confirmed that the Senate President’s visit to the Presidential Villa was in connection with the selection of the Committee members.
“The President of the Senate was at the Villa on Thursday to meet with President Tinubu. The idea was to name members of some of the committees that day.
“Akpabio sent a message to some senators to inform the presiding officer, his deputy, Senator Jibrin Barau, to delay the plenary until he returned from the Villa.
“But due to some issues like the jamming of the network within the chambers or members putting their phones in silence, those to whom the message was sent to were unable to access it before the end of the plenary.
“Some saw the message about 10 minutes after the Senate had adjourned. With that, the announcement of the composition of some of the committees could not be made.
“Now, the matter is this. Some former presidential aspirants and former governors, who worked with President Tinubu during the campaign, are also rooting for major committees that are more feasible. Nigerians refer to such committees as juicy ones.
“Such committees include appropriations, finance, army, works, customs, and foreign affairs, among others.
“Supporters of Senator Abdulaziz Yari are also coming back to bargain for the headship of some committees. But there is a possibility that they won’t get what they want. This is because there is precedence.
“When Bukola Saraki emerged as the President of the Senate, those who were foot soldiers of Senator Ahmad Lawan, who was also in the race for the Senate presidency, were left without heading any committee. The likes of Senator Solomon Adeola and others were denied any significant role during the period because of their loyalty to Lawan,” the source said.