N/West, S/West, Yobe caucuses endorse Lawan for Senate Presidency
The three-horse race for the Eighth Senate Presidency may have narrowed down to a two-horse race between the North East and the North central.
The two geo-political zones, it was learnt, have commenced intense lobby of both ranking senators and senators-elect and are leaving nothing to chance by also going outside the Senate to secure the much-needed endorsements.
The two major contenders as at Friday, May 8, are Senators Ahmad Lawan from Yobe State (North east) and Bukola Saraki, Kwara State (North central.)
It was gathered yesterday that two caucuses in the Senate chamber, the North west and South west have now endorsed Senator Ahmad Lawan as their candidate for the next Senate President.
Twelve APC members of the South west Senate caucus reportedly endorsed Lawan at a meeting held in Abuja last week.
In addition, Senator Lawan secured a crucial home support when a former governor of his home state of Yobe, Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim, who also heads the Yobe National Assembly Caucus, endorsed his candidacy for the position.
Ibrahim, who heads the Senate Housing Committee, said the endorsement was made on behalf of the people and government of Yobe State. 'Lawan possesses the required qualities, character and the frame of mind to make a qualitative Senate President. He is energetic, hardworking and possessing progressive values.
'Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan has demonstrated clear commitment to progressive values. He is energetic and hardworking and he has what it takes to lead the 8th Assembly,'
Senator Ibrahim added that Lawam's cognate experience, having been in the National Assembly since 1999, 'places him above his peers,' he said.
Yobe State Governor has also, openly endorsed Lawan and has reportedly reached out to his colleagues on the matter.
In an advertorial published in Weekly Trust, an Abuja-based newspaper, Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, dismissed earlier reports that he was not in support of Lawan's aspiration.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Press Affairs and Information, Abdullahi Bego, the governor urged 'all senators-elect to consider Senator Lawan's experience, his goodwill, capacity and reach and, therefore, support him to be the next President of the Senate.'
Governor Gaidam also took strong exception to a report published in a national newspaper last week which claimed that he supports another candidate and that he was against Lawan's aspiration.