- APC-senators elect have clarified that they were carried along in the adoption of Senator Ahmad Lawan as Senate president
- The incoming senators made the clarification after allegations by Senator Ali Ndume that they were not consulted
- Senator Ndume is a major contender for the seat of the Senate presidency in the incoming 9th National Assembly
A group of senators-elect campaigning for Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan to be the Senate president on Wednesday, March 27, dismissed claims by Senator Ali Ndume that they were not consulted on the adoption of Lawan by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The senators described the claims of the senator representing Borno south senatorial district as untrue and misleading.
Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, spokesperson of the ‘Ahmed Lawan for Senate President Group of Senators,’ told journalists in Abuja that APC senators-elect were carried along in the adoption of Lawan for the position.
Ndume, at a media briefing in on Tuesday, March 26, had alleged that the choice of Lawan by Oshiomhole was done without any consensus.
Abdullahi said when Oshiomhole announced the adoption of Lawan, the party chairman spoke in the presence of some state governors including those of Oyo, Kebbi and Borno.
He quoted Oshiomhole as having appealed to them to support Lawan, to avoid the mistake of the past.
“Immediately he said that, there was instantaneous and spontaneous applause by senators who were there.
For somebody to say there was surprise and shock following the announcement, he was economical with the truth. There was no shock, rather there was relief,” Abdullahi said.
He noted that the APC has learnt its lesson from the mistakes it made in 2015 when Bukola Saraki emerged Senate president against the directive of the party, assuring that there would be no such crisis this time.
“We the senators-elect have made a choice. We have the right to say whom we want. Our choice is Ahmed Lawan. Do you expect that Mr. President and the party would abdicate their responsibility? This is what they accused us of in 2015. Now, they have spoken,” he added.
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Meanwhile, the APC has explained why it settled for Senator Ahmad Lawan and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as Senate president and speaker respectively.
The party leadership said its decision was because the duo are the highest ranking members in both chambers of the National Assembly.
The party on Wednesday, March 27, through its national publicity secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, also said it is working to achieve consensus among its federal legislators, adding that all the aggrieved aspirants are being spoken to, to understand the position of its leaders.
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