- The candidature of Ahmed Lawan as the next Senate president has been rejected by the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum
- The group, however, endorsed Senator Ali Ndume for the position of Senate president
- The group says Ndume is the only one capable of preserving the independence of the Senate under the Next Level mantra
The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has rejected the candidature of Ahmed Lawan as the next Senate president and supported Senator Ali Ndume for the position.
The forum said some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) supporting Lawan may be doing so due to their pursuit of personal ambitions ahead of 2023, Nigerian Tribune reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the group, in a statement by its president, Yerima Shettima, on Monday, June 10, said Lawan's endorsement is "undemocratic and totally unacceptable".
The statement read: “We are happy to inform all Nigerian progressives that we have been vindicated in all the public declarations we made recently on the contentious seat of the Senate presidency.
“It is obvious that the desperation to make the road to Senate presidency smooth for Tinubu’s acolyte (Sen Lawan), Buhari’s foot-soldiers, especially Governor Nasir el-Rufai are coming up with a new narrative to pull blind wool over our eyes.
“The Kaduna governor is trying to sell a dummy to Nigerians that the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) has done the needful regarding Goje’s case with the EFCC.
“And we ask: Which attorney-general when all ministers have since resigned? What is the meaning of taking a case that was under investigation by an independent body, to an attorney general who is not the judge in the court handling the Senator Goje case?
“These are questions begging for answers and we are tempted to assume that the EFCC is about to be hindered from continuing with the case because Chief Tinubu, who has been pushing Buhari harder, has vested interest to do with his 2023 presidential ambition."
According to the group, Senator Ndume is the only one capable of preserving the independence of the Senate under the Next Level mantra.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, arrived the National Assembly (NASS) premises despite not being accredited by NASS to attend the inauguration of the ninth NASS, which holds on Tuesday, June 11.
The ex-governor, who arrived the premises at 7:40 am ahead of the inauguration, was declared winner of the Imo West senatorial district, but was not issued certificate of return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
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