Senator Goje steps down from 9th National Assembly race, backs Lawan

Senator Goje steps down from 9th National Assembly race, backs Lawan

Senator Danjuma Goje has withdrawn his ambition in a bid to contest for the forthcoming 9th National Assembly Senate president position.

Vanguard reports that Goje, however, declared his support for Senator Ahmed Lawan, the anointed APC candidate for the position.

This came few hours after the duo met with President Muhammadu Buhari in his office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Lawan is the Senate leader while Goje is the chairman, committee on appropriations.

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The duo came in a few minutes after Nasir El-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, arrived the villa and headed to the office of the president.

The lawmakers in the upper chamber are billed to elect a successor to Senate President Bukola Saraki on June 11.

The governing All Progressives Congress (APC) had earlier told its elected senators that it is expecting them to elect Lawan as the next Senate president.

Earlier, reported that a disagreement had occurred among some senators of the PDP over the candidacy of Senator Lawan for the incoming 9th National Assembly Senate president seat.

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." ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better.

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