Senator Ahmed Lawan favoured to emerge as Senate president - Group

Senator Ahmed Lawan favoured to emerge as Senate president - Group

- A political group, the Sustainable Democracy Agenda (SUDA), says Senator Ahmed Lawan has a high chance of emerging as president of the 9th Senate

- The convener of SUDA, Ibrahim Usman, notes that a simple survey conducted by the group all over the country shows that Lawan got the support of the majority of Nigerians to occupy the exalted seat

- Usman says the result of the survey conducted by the SUDA, indicated that 75% of voters are for Senator Lawan

The Sustainable Democracy Agenda (SUDA), a political group, says the anointed candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the position of president of the 9th Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan enjoys the support of majority of voters in the country.

The convener of SUDA, Ibrahim Usman, stated this in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday, April 8, in Abuja, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Usman said a simple survey conducted by the group all over the country, showed that Lawan got the support of the majority of Nigerians to occupy the exalted seat.

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He said the survey which also adopted simple random sampling technique, asked respondents of voting age who among the three notable contestants for the position would they have supported.

According to him, result of the survey conducted by the SUDA, indicated that 75% of voters are for Senator Lawan.

He further disclosed that 12.5% supported Goje, 9.8 % said they supported Ndume, while the remaining 2.5 % of the respondents remained undecided.

Usman listed the candidates as Senator Lawan, Senator Mohammed Danjuma Goje and Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume.

The convener said the survey had shown that the choice of Lawan was not a mere ‘imposition’ by the leadership of the APC as claimed by those against the decision.

According to him, it is ”a resolution that enjoys the popular support of majority of Nigerians.

”By the result of our survey, we believe the action of the Adams Oshiomhole-led APC is in line with the expectation of most voters.

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”We, therefore, call on Senators-elect to unanimously adopt Senator Lawan as President of the 9th Senate in line with their role as true representatives of the people,“ he said.

He also advised the leadership of APC not to relent in engendering a viable and responsible leadership for the 9th National Assembly.

“The ruling party should ignore antics aimed at distracting it from doing the right thing.”

He called on the opposition parties in the National Assembly to concentrate on playing the role of a vibrant opposition.

Meanwhile, a pro-democracy group known as the National Coalition in Defence of Democracy has told the presidency and the leadership of the APC to refrain from imposing leaders on the National Assembly to avoid the consequence such actions caused in the past.

The group which was particular about the Senate noted that previous attempts by pats administrations to impose leaders on the National Assembly have always ended badly.

The Nation reports that the national coordinator of the group, Ambassador Auwal Alhassan, on Monday, April 8, said senators should be allowed to pick their own leaders.

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