Senate leader Ahmed Lawan on Friday, March 22 officially declared his intention to contest the office of the Senate president in June when the 9th Assembly will be inaugurated.
The senator has been in the news as one of the contenders for the office of the Senate president, but officially declared his intention during a session with journalists, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng notes that Lawan said: “I am a loyal party man. I will respect the decisions of my leaders and the party. We need the cooperation and support of everybody. I also believe that if we want to work with the Executive in such a manner that we can deliver good governance, first we need to achieve unity amongst ourselves.
“We are senators who believe in party supremacy. We believe in the leadership of our party. But the leadership we are seeking is leadership of the Senate and the National Assembly. So, it is very critical and crucial that we talk to our colleagues and convince them that we are the right people to lead the Senate and the National Assembly’’.
Legit.ng previously reported that the senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) may have chosen Senator Ahmed Lawan (Yobe state) as the next Senate president.
According to a report, the presidency is not likely to be averse to his choice, considering how he was the party’s preferred choice as Senate president in June 2015.
However, the party is yet to confirm if it is considering Lawan or any other person for the Senate president seat.
APC’s national publicity secretary, Mallam Lanre Isa-Onilu, said: “We can only do that at either the National Working Committee (NWC) or National Executive Committee (NEC). Neither has held any meeting recently."
In another previous report by Legit.ng after winning a majority of the seats in the Nigerian Senate, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) revealed that it would play a major role in the election of the leadership of the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly.
The move is to avoid a repetition of what the party and its government at the centre reportedly passed through under the out-going Senate headed by Bukola Saraki.
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The national publicity secretary of the ruling party, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said the APC would not allow any kind of leadership that would hold its government to ransom like it happened during the first tenure.
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