Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC-Kano), on Thursday, declared his intention to contest for the office of the Deputy Senate President.
Speaking to newsmen in Abuja, the lawmaker assured his colleagues of inclusiveness.
Gaya said he possessed the required qualification to contest for the position and to emerge the winner.
According to him, he is a ranking senator, having been in the Senate since 2007.
He also said as an Architect who designed prominent buildings around the country and having been a governor of Kano State, he was qualified to occupy the position.
“I respect all the senators-elect. I am eligible and the most ranking senator from the North-West contesting for the position.
“I am qualified based on ranking because in the Senate we respect ranking. I am eligible and the most ranking senator for the North-West.
“As an architect and as a consultant, my office then designed the ship house and courts in Abuja and so many other projects like the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) branches across the country.
“I started politics in 1982. I was a member of the leadership from 2007. I was the Deputy Minority Whip and Chairman of many committees and currently the Chairman, Committee on Works.
“And as chairman committee on works, I have gone round 33 states of the federation on oversight. So, I am fully qualified for the position.
“I am also currently the Vice Chairman, Inter-Parliamentary Union(IPU), Africa and this is a plus to my CV,” he said.
On concerns that his intention negates zoning arrangement, Gaya said: “My emergence as deputy senate president is a matter of balancing.”
“We have the Vice President from the South and we are giving the South West the Speaker. So, there is nothing wrong with having President Muhammadu Buhari and deputy senate president from the same zone,” he said.