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Senate Presidency: North East rejects Lawan, Tinubu’s candidate
Senator Danjuma Goje: We reject Lawan

Senate Presidency: North East rejects Lawan, Tinubu’s candidate

It seems the drama concerning the occupant of the Number 3 position in the land in the incoming government is far from over as the North East Senate caucus has rejected the choice of Senator Ahmad Lawan.

Speaking at a press conference addressed by 10 of the 13 North East Senators, Senator Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe Central) stated that if the position is zoned to the North East, it would like to make its own choice.

Apparently reacting to news that  All Progressives Congress (APC), National Leader has endorsed Senator Lawan, the ten Senators disowned the ambition of Lawan, noting that they were not in support of his ambition.

They vowed to resist any attempt to impose any candidate on the zone.

According to the senators, the zone should be allowed to decide on an acceptable candidate after the zoning is ratified.

Senator Goje, revealed that Senators from the North-East held a caucus meeting on Thursday night at the Kaduna room, Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, with Senator Lawan also in attendance and it was at that meeting that it was resolved that the North-East should be allowed to consult with the party leadership to nominate a consensus candidate for the position.

He alleged that Lawan sneaked out of the Abuja meeting, saying that the senators were shocked to discover that the Yobe State senator was now being announced as the consensus candidate of the North-East and North-West senators in the media.

According to him, the development was unacceptable and, “in fact, desperation at its peak.”

Goje stated that the North-East would continue to appeal to the leadership of the APC to zone the highest position in the National Assembly, the Senate President, to the zone as a result of what he called “peculiar circumstances.”

In his words “disregard any purported endorsement of any senator from the North-East by any zone for the position yet because any post zoned to us must have our input.

“We don’t know anything about any endorsement of anybody from the North-East being touted around through the pages of newspapers.

“We dissociate ourselves from any endorsements from other zones because the party has not zoned any position to us yet and we don’t want to jump the gun,” he said.

Senators-elect at the briefing, apart from Goje, were the secretary of the caucus, Isa Ahmed Gusau Bauchi Central); Ali Ndume (Borno South); Bukar Abba Ibrahim (Yobe Central) and Abdulaziz Murtala Nyako (Adamawa Central.

Others were Binta Marshi Garba (Adamawa North); Ahmed Abubakar (Adamawa South); Usman Bayero Nafada (Gombe North), Abubakar Jare (Borno North) and Sulynan Nazif (Bauchi North).


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