- President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly had a meeting with Senator Goje
- The meeting was to position the party ahead of the Senate leadership election
- Top leaders of the party have also met with Goje and are planning to meet with Senator Ndume
President Muhammadu Buhari and some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have reportedly moved to pacify Senator Danjuma Goje in a bid to stall any opposition that will affect the endorsement of Senator Ahmad Lawan for Senate presidency.
The Nation reports that President Buhari met with Goje while top APC leaders have also had series of meeting with him to prevent the Peoples Democratic Party from hijacking him.
It was reported that Governor Kashim Shettina of Borno and Lawan’s supporters met with Senator Ali Ndume who has also expressed interest in the Senate presidency although talks with him have reportedly not been smooth.
A source privy to the development said: “We are getting closer to an amicable resolution of all issues/ grievances on the recommendation of Lawan. There have been meetings in the last 24 hours on the need to respect the wishes of the President and APC.
“As the leader of the party, the President has been in charge of the initiative. He has had audience with Goje on why Lawan was picked and the need for all stakeholders to work with him.
“Some APC governors, top leaders of the party and senators-elect have also reached out to Goje. We want to avoid any rancour in the party and reduce tension. We know the PDP is waiting in the wing for any slip but we won’t allow it.
“We will come out with power-sharing formula in a way that all stakeholders, including Senate presidential aspirants, will be fully integrated.”
A senator-elect from the Northcentral said: “When some of us met with Goje, he simply said: ‘If that is what the President wants, I will not drag it. As at this stage, I cannot afford any crisis.’ He is so patriotic about it.”
Talks with Senator Ndume are still expected to continue as a senator-elect from the north west said they were expecting him back for more discussion.
He said: “Senator Ndume is away; we are expecting him back on Thursday. But Lawan’s strategists have raised a team to meet with him on why the President and APC took the decision on the Senate presidency.
“In fact, Governor Kashim Shettima has volunteered to discuss with Ndume to allow the choice of Lawan.”
“We will not allow the opposition to break our rank this time around. It is a global convention that the party that has more members in the parliament will produce the leadership.
“We have the majority; we will not succumb to the tyranny of the minority this time around,” a source said, adding: “Notwithstanding, we will extend the olive branch to PDP senators-elect. We are also talking to them to come on board.”
Legit.ng had reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it would invoke disciplinary measures on any of its members found opposing or working against the decision of the party on the choice of the National Assembly leadership.
The party's stance was made known by its national publicity secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, after former Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume opposed the adoption of Senator Ahmad Lawan as Senate president by the APC.
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Ndume (APC, Borno South) told newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, March 26 that the disclosure by the APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on Monday, March 25 endorsing Lawan as president of the 9th Senate and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives was not only embarrassing but unconstitutional.
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