- Senator Ahmed Lawan has expressed confidence that he will be endorsed by PDP senators in his bid to emerge as the next Senate president
- Lawan said Nigerians don’t care about the political parties lawmakers belong to; but the betterment of their lives
- The APC lawmaker lauded Senators Peter Nwaoboshi and Ifeanyi Uba for supporting him
- Presiding officers for the incoming Assembly are expected to be elected on June 11
Senator Ahmed Lawan, a frontline contender for the Senate presidency in the 9th National Assembly, has expressed confidence that he will be endorsed by senators of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He made the comment during a chat with newsmen in Abuja on Saturday, June 1, in reaction to his endorsement by a PDP senator, Peter Nwaoboshi, Premium Times reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Lawan, who is currently the Senate leader, said Nigerians don’t care about the political parties lawmakers belong to; but the betterment of their lives.
According to Lawan, Nwaoboshi’s action is a display of patriotism, and not a crack in the PDP’s fence.
Lawan also lauded Senator Ifeanyi Uba of the Young People’s Party (YPP) for his support.
He said: “We are expecting the PDP senator-elects to – all of them – have an understanding with us and endorse me as a caucus.
“Let me first pay tribute first to Senator Ifeanyi Uba of the YPP. Senator Ifeanyi Uba identified with our aspirations the first day the idea of running for this office and he has been with us all through.
“We are campaigning together and sometimes he goes alone to spread our vision for the Ninth Assembly.
“Particularly to the endorsement by Senator Peter Nwoboshi who is a serving senator and also a PDP senator. What the endorsement means is not a crack in the fence of the PDP but in the Senate.
“What the endorsement means is that feeling of patriotism; that feeling of the necessity of all of us that will be in the Ninth Senate to work together in the national interest.
“That feeling that Nigerians don’t care what platform you represent in the Senate. What Nigerians care for will be what the ninth is able to do to better their lives.
“What Nigerians care for is the improvement in the security of their lives and properties. What Nigerians care about is how the economy will be improved and enhanced and revitalised so that it is an all-inclusive economy.
“An economy that will work for those at the lowest level of the ladder and those at the highest level.”
Lawan added that the executive arm of government needs to do more in collaboration with the National Assembly, while acknowledging that the country had been brought out of recession by the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
He said: “We know that this administration has done a lot in the last four years; getting out recession to a growth percent of between two and three percent of the GDP today.
“But we are still faced with that challenge of expanding the economy, diversifying the economy or providing employment for our teeming youth who need to have accommodation in the economy.
“That is what Nigerians expect the National Assembly to do with the executive arm of government.
“So our platforms are simply vehicles that will convey everybody [to parliament]. We have our belief and whatever our beliefs are and whatever your political party is, it must be central in looking at one thing – how do I work with my colleagues to making Nigeria better?”
Other contenders for the position of Senate president in the Ninth Assembly are Senators Ali Ndume and Danjuma Goje. Presiding officers for the incoming Assembly are expected to be elected on June 11.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Yobe state governor, Maimala Buni, appealed to members of the upper chamber of the National Assembly on the platform of APC, to endorse the candidature of Senator Ahmad Lawan for Senate president.
The governor said that Lawan, who became a senator in 2007 representing Yobe north senatorial district, had exhibited competence, loyalty, commitment and selflessness worthy of a good leader.
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