- Senator Danjuma Goje withdrew from the Senate presidency race and endorsed his colleague, Senator Ahmad Lawan
- Goje's move was commended by prominent members of the Bade Emirate who described his action as statesmanly and patriotic
- They expressed hope that the remaining contender, Senator Ndume, will also withdraw and endorse Senator Lawan
The Bade Emirate in Yobe on Friday, June described the withdrawal of Senator Danjuma Goje from the Senate presidential race as statesmanly, patriotic and loyalty for APC supremacy.
Alhaji Mohammad Gagiyo ‘Zanna Dujima’ and Alhaji Mamman Sulieman ‘Majidadin Bade’, two prominent title holders in the emirate told newsmen in Gashua, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The two prominent members, who spoke on behalf of the emirate in Gashua, said that Goje’s decision was in national interest and the northeast in particular.
Gagiyo said: “Senator Goje has demonstrated high sense of patriotism and unity for the northeast and the ruling APC by stepping down his ambition and endorsing Senator Lawan for the senate presidency.
“That APC has zoned the office to the northeast, it is expected that the distinguished senators would have a united front with a united candidate, especially the one endorsed by the party.
“Senator Goje has no doubt shown maturity, statesmanship and brotherhood by placing the interest of the nation, the APC party and northeast over and above his personal interest” the chieftain said.
He expressed hope that Senator Ali Ndume, who had also indicated interest to contest the post, would borrow a leaf from Goje to withdraw and endorse Sen. Lawan.
Such action, they said would to further strengthen unity in the region.
Similarly, Alhaji Mamman called on the senators to consider competence and selfless ambition in the election of the principal officers.
“I want to say, without fear of contradiction, that Sen. Ahmad Lawan, remains most competent for the senate president.
‘’I wish to commend Sen. Goje for using his age, experience and patriotic sense of judgment to withdraw and endorse Sen. Lawan.
“I believe Sen. Ali Ndume will reconsider his ambition against the national, regional and party interests to also withdraw and endorse Sen. Lawan,” he said.
He expressed the hope that Nigerians who had the interest of the nation at heart would not want repeat of what happened in the 8th National Assembly “when selfish political interests fought our collective interests.”
In a related development, the APC on Thursday, June 6, thanked Senator Goje for his decision to withdraw from the ninth Senate presidency contest in support of the party’s endorsed candidate, Lawan.
The APC further commended President Muhammadu Buhari for what it called his fatherly role in ensuring that Goje complied with party decisions and directives.
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