The Peoples Democratic Party caucus in the National Assembly has expressed happiness with the ruling.
The judgment has not significantly altered the current permutations for the presiding officers positions in the federal parliament, SUNDAY PUNCH’s investigations have revealed.
With the latest development, senators-elect on the platform of the APC are 62, PDP has 44 while Young Progressive Party has one with two outstanding from Imo State.
Lawan laments loss
The Majority Leader of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, described the ruling as “a setback’ for the party.
Lawan is favourite for the 9th Senate presidency after endorsement by his party–APC.
However, the Yobe State federal lawmaker said in an interview with journalists in Abuja on Saturday the setback would not adversely affect the party’s chances in the National Assembly polls.
He said, “The Supreme Court judgement on Zamfara State is a setback for the ruling party because the APC lost three senators and seven or eight in the House of Representatives.
“This leaves us with a new set of numbers of representation in the 9th Assembly. The APC had 65 senators before the judgment, we now have 62. The PDP now has 44 because it had 41 before Friday’s judgment, while the Young Progressive Party has one.
“As it is now, there are two cases that have yet been determined in Imo State. The case of that of the outgoing governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, and that of Senator Ben Uwajumogu, which we are anticipating to win. If we have these two, we will have 64, which makes us to be in the majority.
“But, for me, the issue is not the distribution or the majority. What is important is our ability to come together to work for the interest of Nigerians in every part of the country.
On the jumbo for lawmakers, he said, “I don’t think there is anything like jumbo pay. For example, my gross pay is N1m, and what I take home is just about N700, 000 after tax deductions. There are funds for us to perform oversight functions, represent and legislate.’’