Senate presidency: President Buhari to intervene, meet Ndume, Goje

Senate presidency: President Buhari to intervene, meet Ndume, Goje

- President Muhammadu Buhari is set to intervene in the Senate presidency race

- The president decided to intervene in the matter to avoid APC going into the battle as a divided house

- President Buhari may hold a frank meeting with two of the three aspirants, Senator Danjuma Goje and Senator Ali Ndume soon

A report by The Nation indicates that President Muhammadu Buhari may hold a frank meeting with two of the three aspirants for Senate president - Senator Danjuma Goje and Senator Ali Ndume - on the adoption of Senator Ahmad Lawan for the office.

According to sources quoted in the report, the president decided to intervene in the matter to avoid APC going into the battle as a divided house and to ensure the ruling party presents a lone candidate for the job.

A source said: “The president will meet with Goje and Ndume to explain to them the rationale behind the adoption of Lawan as the party’s candidate for Senate president.

“Some of the aspirants have claimed that Buhari has not stated where he stands on the matter. In order not to take things for granted, the president has decided to hold a frank session with Goje and Ndume.

“The meeting will hold at or before the weekend. But after the dialogue, the president and the party may then draw the battle line if the two aspirants do not want to respect the supremacy of APC.

“We hope reason will prevail and these aspirants will leave the party united.”

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Responding to a question, the source added: “The presidency and the APC are working towards the emergence of one candidate for the Office of the President of the Senate. This is the maximum Buhari and other leaders may tolerate.”

Meanwhile, 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.

Some former governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have also declared support for the Senate Majority Leader's ambition.

The former leaders (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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