- The race for the Senate presidency has been brought to a halt as the All Progressives Congress has recommended Ahmed Lawan for the position
- The party was said to have made the recommendation during a meeting at the presidential villa in Abuja on Monday night, March 25
- Lawan, who is representing Yobe North constituency, is the current Senate majority leader
The Senate majority leader Ahmed Lawan of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been recommended by the ruling party for the position of Senate president in the ninth National Assembly that will be inaugurated in June.
The party made the recommendation during a meeting at the presidential villa on Monday night, March 25, which had President Muhammadu Buhari, the national chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, and others in attendance, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng gathers that others in attendance during the meeting were 9 governors and four senators-elect of the ruling party.
According to multiple sources at the meeting, Oshiomhole announced the recommendation in the presence of the three other contenders for the Senate presidency, namely Senator Ali Ndume (Borno), Senator Danjuma Goje (Gombe) and Senator Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa).
One of the senators-elect who craved anonymity also confirmed the recommendation.
He said: “We were all shocked when he (Oshiomhole) told us that Lawan is the next Senate President. He did not allow us to speak before they directed that the National Anthem be recited."
According to another lawmaker-elect, Buhari said he was in support of the party's position when Oshiomhole mentioned Lawan as the next Senate president.
Oshiomhole said: “Nigerians voted for us to take charge of the executive and the legislature. This meeting is to discuss the leadership question in a win, win way. We do not need to do business with the opposition when we have the numbers."
Legit.ng previously reported that President Buhari, nine governors, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and senators-elect of the ruling party, met at the presidential villa, Abuja, on Monday, March 25.
The meeting was said to be connected with the constitution of leadership for the ninth National Assembly.
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The race for Senate presidency and speakership of the House of Representatives has began following the 2019 general elections.
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