Senate presidency: 2 ex-Senate Presidents, ex-Speaker, others endorse Lawan's bid

Senate presidency: 2 ex-Senate Presidents, ex-Speaker, others endorse Lawan's bid

- The aspiration of Senator Ahmad Lawan to be the next Senate president is gathering momentum by the day

- Two former Presidents of the Senate and a former Speaker of the House of Representatives have backed Lawan's bid

- Some former governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have also joined the push for Lawan's ambition

A report by The Nation indicates that two former Presidents of the Senate and a former Speaker of the House of Representatives have backed the aspiration of Senator Ahmad Lawan to be the next Senate president.

According to the report, some former governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have also declared support for the Senate Majority Leader's ambition

The two ex-Senate Presidents, ex-Speaker and former PDP governors (names withheld) were said to be backing Lawan based on principles and the“need for a more robust legislature.”

A few of the ex-governors hinged their support on “personal relationship they have had with Lawan irrespective of the position of their party,” even as they rated Lawan as, “a lawmaker with enormous legislative experience.”

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It was learnt that some of the foot soldiers of the ex-Senate Presidents had been meeting with senators-elect to woo them for Lawan.

A source quoted in the report said: “The mandate given to Lawan and other APC lawmakers to reach out to top leaders and members of the opposition has started yielding results.

“At least two former Senate Presidents, a former Speaker, about three ex-PDP governors and some former ministers during the 16-year administration of PDP have joined forces with Lawan. They believe that Lawan’s choice will be better for the upper chamber.

“These leaders have directed their supporters and loyalists to serve as lobbyists for Lawan because of the need for a more robust legislature. They believe the Senate is derailing and losing its maturity.

“At the appropriate time, all these leaders will publicly unveil their support for Lawan.”

Meanwhile, the Borno Elders Forum has denied endorsing the aspirations of Senator Ali Ndume representing Borno south senatorial district for the Senate presidency.

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The forum in a statement sent to journalists on Tuesday, April 16, said doing so would amount to splitting other Borno citizens like a member of House of Representatives from Biu, Betara Aliyu who is aspiring to become Speaker in the 9th National Assembly.

Secretary of the forum, Bulama Mali Gubio, said the clarification became necessary in view of repeated media reports.

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