…Says he is committed to stability, inclusiveness in 9th Senate
Tunde Opalana, Abuja
A team campaigning for actualisation of Senator Ahmed Lawan’s Senate Presidency ambition has denied allegation that the Yobe politician met with governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) towards building support base ahead of June inauguration of the 9th Senate.
The attention of the Senator Ahmad Lawan for Senate President Group was drawn to a news story in a national newspaper (not The Daily Times), claiming that Lawan defied the order of APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, by meeting with PDP governors.
This was contained in a statement by the spokesman of the Group, Senator Sabi Abdullahi (Niger North).
He categorically stated that at no time did the group tell the media that Senator Lawan met with PDP governors.
“What we said was that we had several interactions between lawmakers and governors of the All Progressives Congress at the ruling party level. We stand to be corrected on this.
“We cannot but imagine the height of embarrassment which such a story may have caused Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party.
“Nevertheless, we wish to re-echo our position that the Senator Ahmad Lawan candidacy remains committed to the principle of inclusion for all Senators-elect regardless of party affiliation.
“This position stems from our posture which believes that nation building is a task for all Nigerians irrespective of tribe, religion, party or other sentiments”, said Abdullahi.
In demonstrating this, he said, the Senator Lawan for Senate President Group had rounds of interactions with Senators-Elect from APC, PDP and YPP during the just concluded orientation program for elected members of the 9th National Assembly.
He added that “as interactions continue, we hope to continue to interface with Senators-Elect from the various political parties with a view to giving Nigerians a leadership in the 9th National Assembly that considers national interest a top priority”.