9th National Assembly: PDP senators-elect split over Lawan's candidacy

9th National Assembly: PDP senators-elect split over Lawan's candidacy

- The candidacy of Senator Ahmad Lawan as the next Senate president is causing division in the PDP

- The APC had endorsed Lawan who is the current majority leader of the Senate for the position few weeks ago

- According to PDP senator-elect, the party has no focus this time around on the choice of principal officers, unlike in 2015

A disagreement has reportedly occurred among some senators of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the candidacy of Senator Ahmad Lawan for the incoming 9th National Assembly Senate president seat.

The Nation reports that a ranking PDP senator-elect said some of them will rather collaborate in a manner that a constructive opposition will be in place for a greater future for the party.

The senator said: “Unlike in 2015 when we had clearly defined agenda, the PDP has no focus this time around on the choice of principal officers. I can assure you that the opposition will not engage in block votes this time around.

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“We have not even been given any serious directive by the party. This was not the case in 2015. A few of our leaders championing block votes have been doing so to pursue personal agenda. It is absurd to attempt to make principal offices hereditary or to impose leaders on us.

"Some of us will rather collaborate in a manner that a constructive opposition will be in place for a greater future for PDP. Some PDP senators-elect have elected to have a new Senate with enhanced agenda. They have high regards for Lawan and they will vote for the APC candidate.”

The source claimed that some PDP senators from the southwest, north central, south south, and the southeast will join forces with their APC colleagues on Lawan’s project.

The source confirmed that a “former president of the Senate, who is in the PDP, has given his blessing to Lawan” in the country’s interest.

Members of the Lawan campaign council and strategists on Wednesday, June 5, defied the Sallah holidays to “take stock” of those who had signed up to back their candidate.

Although they were still computing the tally, a member of the team said: “More senators-elect have appended their signatures to support Lawan.

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“I cannot give you the exact figure now but the situation at hand is far better than it was in 2015. Some PDP senators are part of our campaign this time around because of the vision inherent in it.

Another source added: “We will not hide it; all the senators-elect backing Lawan will surely come out to confirm they belong."

“So far, apart from the four APC senators, our caucus is more united for the election of principal officers than the case four years ago," according to another source.

Legit.ng previously reported that PDP senators-elect kicked against the candidacy of Senator Ahmad Lawan for the incoming 9th National Assembly Senate president seat.

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and Gabriel Suswam, in separate interviews, rejected what they called, the imposition of Lawan on the Nigerian parliament by the ruling APC.

The APC had endorsed Lawan, who is the current majority leader of the Senate for the position few weeks ago.

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