10th NASS: Is Lawan Contesting for Re-Election as Senate President? Details Emerge

10th NASS: Is Lawan Contesting for Re-Election as Senate President? Details Emerge

  • Nigeria's Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has denied entering the race for re-election as the leader of the upper chamber of the 10th National Assembly
  • Lawan said there has never been a time he had a conversation with anyone about it nor staged a meeting about it
  • He revealed that the decision of the All Progressives Congress (APC) remains supreme over every member

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FCT, Abuja - Senate President Ahmad Lawan has denied speculations that he is seeking re-election as the leader of the Senate for the incoming 10th National Assembly.

Lawan was elected Senate President in 2019 while serving in the upper chamber as a majority leader.

Ahmad Lawan, Senate Presidency
Senator Ahmad Lawan won his re-election bid in the recently-concluded general elections. Photo Credit: Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan
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However, with the 10th National Assembly due for inauguration on Tuesday, June 13, Senator Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom state has been selected by the national working committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as their preferred candidate for the coveted Senate President seat.

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Similarly, the former Akwa Ibom state governor has been endorsed by the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

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Meanwhile, a statement issued by Lawan on Tuesday, May 23, confirmed that he is not in contention with the party's decision, neither is he vying for re-election as Senate President.

As reported by Channels TV, he said:

“I have read some media reports that I have joined the race for the Presidency of the 10th Senate. Ordinarily, I would not have responded to these reports, but when lies are not refuted, they have the tendency to create an illusion of truth.”

He revealed that he had never told anyone about his interest in re-election, nor had he held a secret meeting to facilitate plots to install him as Senate President for a second term.

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Lawan urged the public to disregard such speculations noting that the party's decision remains binding on every member.

According to Premium Times, he said:

“The truth is that I have never told anyone or held a meeting with anyone that I am running for the Presidency of the 10th Senate. So the public should discountenance the reports.
“The fact remains that I am part of the leadership of our great party, the APC, seeking to find solutions to the numerous issues arising from the contests for the leadership of the 10th National Assembly and I will continue to remain focused on that.”

10th NASS: Governor Hope Uzodimma denies kicking against APC zoning

In another development, the ongoing scrabble for the Senate Presidency has linked Governor Hope Uzodimma as one of the stooges in the APC.

Governor Uzodimma has denied these claims stating that his loyalty remains with the party.

A statement released by the Imo state government stated that the rumours making the rounds are perpetrated by mischief-makers.

Source: Legit.ng

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Segun Adeyemi (Current Affairs and Politics Editor) Segun Adeyemi is a journalist with over 9 years of experience as an active field reporter, editor, and editorial manager. He has had stints with Daily Trust newspaper, Daily Nigerian, and News Digest. He currently works as an editor for Legit.ng's current affairs and politics desk. He holds a degree in Mass Communication (Adekunle Ajasin University). He is a certified digital reporter by Reuters, AFP and the co-convener of the annual campus journalism awards. Email: segun.adeyemi@corp.legit.ng.

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