Struggle For Senate Presidency Intensifies, Lawan Meets APC Govs

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As part of his ongoing consultations with stakeholders in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over his interest in the Senate presidency, the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, has met with four APC governors in Abuja, THISDAY has learnt.

This is coming as two other ranking APC senators- Mohammed Goje and Ali Ndume, who are also eyeing the position of Senate president have commenced discussion on the possibility of working together.

It was gathered that Lawan’s meeting with the governors was held on Tuesday night at the instance of the Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Geidam, who is a senator-elect.

The meeting, it was learnt, was aimed at drumming support for Lawan’s ambition at the level of the Progressive Governors’ Forum.

Investigation revealed that the consultative meeting, which took place at a guest house in Aso Drive had in attendance the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, who is also a senator-elect; Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State and his Adamawa State counterpart, Mohammed Bindow.

THISDAY learnt that Geidam, who is governor of Lawan’s home state, Yobe, was said to have called the meeting to solicit necessary support for the actualisation of Lawan’s ambition to lead the 9th Senate.

A source privy to the meeting told THISDAY that Lawan used the forum to solicit the backing of APC governors and by extension the senators-elect in the 22 states controlled by the ruling party for his ambition ahead of the inauguration of the Senate in June.

The source who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the governors had fruitful discussions with Lawan and assured him of their support since he is the choice of the party leadership.

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