- Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno says former governors in the incoming 9th National Assembly will align with the APC's decision
- He said the former governors have endorsed the candidature of Senator Ahmad Lawan for the seat of Senate president
- The governor said the group had also endorsed Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila for the position of Speaker of the House Representatives
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state says former governors in the incoming 9th National Assembly have endorsed the candidature of Senator Ahmad Lawan for the seat of Senate president.
Shettima, who confirmed this development when he fielded questions from newsmen in N’Djamena, Chad, said the affected senators-elect had also endorsed Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila for the position of Speaker of the House Representatives.
The governor also revealed that all the senators-elect and House of Representatives members-elect from Borno state have endorsed the candidature of Lawan and Gbajabiamila.
He, therefore, dismissed the insinuation in some quarters that former governors in the national assembly were against the election of Lawan and Gbajabiamila as leaders of the two chambers of the National Assembly.
According to Shettima, the only way APC governors can show appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari is for them to support his programmes and political decisions.
“All our governors including those coming to the Senate are 100 per cent in support of our party’s stance as far as election of new leadership for the national assembly is concerned.
“As far as Borno is concern, we are in alignment with the aspirations of Mr President and that of our party.
“Whoever the party endorses for any position, we will solely stand behind such a person because party discipline is absolutely essential for the sustainability of our democratic experiment.
“If everyone is to vote according to his own free will surely that would be a recipe for disaster or confusion.
“So, we have to align ourselves with the aspirations of the president,’’ he said.
The governor was part of President Buhari’s entourage to a meeting of member nations of the the Community of Sahel – Saharan States (CEN SAD) in N’Djamena, Chad.
The meeting seeks to among other things, address the problems of terrorism and banditry along the Lake Chad basin and beyond.
Meanwhile, a political analyst, Mock Samuel Kure, has stated that one of the front-runners in the race, Senator Ali Ndume, lacks the maturity required to be Senate president.
According to him, the All Progressives Congress (APC) need not to be scared of Senator Ndume’s rabble rousing, adding that the party should rather be wary of Senator Danjuma Goje.
The APC had endorsed Senator Ahmad Lawan from Yobe state for the position. But, Ndume and Goje, both APC members, and from Gombe and Borno respectively, had also declared interest in the seat, and continued their campaigns ahead of the race.
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