- There are assurances that Senator Ahmad Lawan will emerge as the next president of the Senate
- One of his colleagues, Senator Abdullahi Sabi, has said that Lawan will secure two third votes to become the winner
- Sabi said that this will be made possible through the help and support of other All Progressives Congress (APC) senators in the upper chamber
The spokesperson of the Senate, Senator Abdullahi Sabi, has expressed optimism that his colleague, Ahmad Lawan, would clinch two third votes to emerge as the president of the upper chamber.
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Sabi, who gave the assurance while briefing newsmen on Wednesday, April 10, in Abuja, said with the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) nod and assurances from the senators-elect across party lines, Lawan would emerge winner, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Senator Sabi (APC-Niger), who won his re-election to the 9th Senate, said negotiations are already on to garner support for Lawan to emerge president of the senate.
He allayed fears that Lawan’s leadership would be devoid of inclusiveness, adding that he would carry all lawmakers along.
He said while there is no gainsaying the fact that lawmakers have the right to take decisions affecting their constituents, their decision would favour Lawan.
Sabi said: “Lawan was adopted by the executive and we need to respect that and work together. There is only one executive arm and we must work in synergy in the interest of Nigerians rather than individual interest.
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“I am optimistic that Lawan will get two-thirds majority to clinch the seat as 9th Senate president."
He said Lawan is well experienced to hold the position having been in the National Assembly since 1999.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Sustainable Democracy Agenda (SUDA), a political group, said Lawan enjoyed 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.
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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