- The APC's choice for Senate president, Ahmed Lawan, has been rejected by Arewa youths
- The group described Lawan as a stooge to a politician in the southwest, hence said he is not fit for the position
- However, the forum, drummed its support for Senator Ali Ndume, saying he is capable of leading the 9th National Assembly
Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has rejected the choice of Senator Ahmed Lawan as Senate president, saying it would turn the Senate into a mere rubber-stamp of a certain southwest politician.
The group, in a media release obtained by Legit.ng and signed by its national president, Yerima Shettima, on Thursday, April 18, said it would be shameful for the north to "sit back and watch a single southwest politician deciding for the northeast in particular and the north in general".
The Arewa youth forum further added that "this is totally undemocratic and therefore unacceptable to true northerners".
The AYCF said allowing the imposition of Lawan to stand will portray the north as a mere manipulable pawn in the hands of one man, who has no business deciding for the north what it deserves.
It explained that as much as it was decided that the Senate president should come from the northeast, the zone must be allowed to decide on the most acceptable choice, "which is now obviously Senator Ali Ndume".
The forum challenged "anyone with convincing reason as to why Senator Lawan would not be acting the script of a southwest politician, who single-handedly imposed him on Nigeria, to come forward with such facts".
The group also stated that the growing concern over Senator Lawan's imposition "is all about the political future of the north and especially the journey towards 2023 and therefore we won't tolerate any one-man agenda."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Igbo group, Ogene Igbo Support for Equity and Good Governance, had endorsed former Abia state governor and senator-elect, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, to become the deputy Senate president in the incoming 9th Senate.
The group said Kalu was most qualified for the position and urged the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other senators-elect to support his ambition.
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