- Some APC leaders have met with Senator Danjuma Goje on the need to respect the wishes of President Buhari
- The party chieftains urged Goje to step down for Senator Lawan in the contest for the seat of the Senate president
- Goje is said to have told them that he would like to hear from the president what he wants him to do
Following the tension created by the struggle for the position of Senate president, some APC leaders have met with Senator Danjuma Goje on the need to respect the wishes of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Nation reports that some APC leaders urged Goje to step down for anointed Senator Ahmad Lawan in the contest for the seat of the Senate president
The party leaders that met with the senator were Governors Kayode Fayemi and Abdulaziz Yari; ex-governors Aliyu Wammako and Adamu Aliero.
According to a source, who spoke in confidence, the meeting with Goje was aimed at “having a united APC during the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly in June”.
The source said: “The delegation met with Goje to persuade him to go along with the decision of the president and the directive of the party. We do not want a repeat of the 2015 episode.
“It was also made clear at the meeting that the president does not have any personal relationship with Lawan. He only considered Lawan’s impeccable credentials and legislative experience to recommend him to senators-elect.
"Goje has one or two observations which can be amicably resolved at all levels in a win-win situation. We are working on these issues."
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Asked of Goje’s response, the source quoted him as saying: "I want to hear directly from the president what he wants me to do and I will then decide.
“We have conveyed Goje’s sole demand to the president. We are hopeful that when the president returns, he will meet with the senator.
“But the chief of staff to the president, Mallam Abba Kyari has also met with Goje on the intrigues over the 9th Senate leadership. If not for some remote forces behind the scene, we should have overcome this stress."
Legit.ng reported that a group stormed the National Assembly on Thursday, April 4, to drum support for the emergence of Senator Mohammed Danjuma Goje as the next Senate president.
The ruling All Progressives Congress already endorsed Senator Lawan as candidate of the party for the position of Senate president for the ninth session.
Senator Lawan representing Yobe North and Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume representing Borno South have publicly declared their interest for the position.
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