Public attention is gradually shifting in the direction of the National Assembly, which is transforming into a “political Mecca”.

Of late, members of NASS who are used to opening their doors to lobbyists wishing to influence legislative action have become beautiful brides that are being lured by prominent aspirants who are seeking higher office in 2023.

Some of the visitors that have visited Nigeria’s bastion of representative democracy have publicly declared their intention to contest for the presidential ticket of their parties.

So far, they include Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, one-time Governor of Lagos State who is eyeing the APC presidential ticket.

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State from the North West and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar from the North East are among aspirants from the PDP who have taken their bid to the National Assembly.

Tinubu from Nigeria’s South West urged members of the APC Caucus in the National Assembly to support his life long ambition to be president of Nigeria.

Tambuwal on the other hand warned against zoning, saying winning the forthcoming election is more critical than squandering time on power rotation.

Tinubu had received what looked like a rousing welcome from members of the APC caucus serving in the legislative arm.

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Atiku who declared his interest to vie for the ticket of the PDP during the week is the latest caller at NASS.

Insiders have expressed dissatisfaction with the haphazard approach to Atiku’s visit to NASS.

They say that in terms of mobilization, handlers of the Atiku project did not appear to have done a great job of his exposure to lawmakers.

Said one federal lawmaker who saw it all, “Atiku did not do well at all. Most remarkable and influential lawmakers, particularly senators, were absent at the event.”

Could what happened be proof of Atiku’s waning influence within a party that he led to battle in 2019?

No one is sure for now, but according to what the Port Harcourt Telegraph has gathered from eyewitnesses, only one senator was allegedly present when Atiku stormed Nigeria’s centre of legislative excellence to ask for the support of lawmakers.

Meanwhile, there is growing excitement among federal lawmakers as rumours spread that a governor from one of the South South states is being expected to pay a visit to the National Assembly next week.

The Governor whose arrival is being anticipated is not one of the PDP state governors who have thrown their hats into the ring.

Many are beginning to think that the proposed zoning committee of the PDP expected to determine the issue of power rotation is a mere smokescreen.

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“The audacity with which some aspirants in the party have declared their intention ahead of any meaningful conclusion on the matter suggests zoning may have been thrown overboard”, a source told this publication.

“Someone, according to what we are learning from the political grapevine, is about to indicate interest from the South South geopolitical zone. I am particularly happy about this development.

“Tinubu is not the only one with a longing to serve Nigeria. There are other younger Nigerians who want to lead Nigeria to the promised land”, a sympathizer of the PDP told this publication.

“Besides”, a northern politician who is rooting for power to shift to the South on the platform of the PDP acknowledged, “the South South continues to make huge sacrifices in the interest of the nation and the party.”

He went on, “We are not the only ones competent to rule Nigeria. We have people who are qualified all over the country.

“Given what is happening in Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Delta where Governments are posting achievements, PDP leaders in other parts of the country have a clear vision of what to do in office if given a fair chance”, he added.

For now, handlers of the planned visit of the South South leader who may take the nation and the National Assembly by storm are working feverishly to ensure that the move turns out successful.

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