Senate Presidency: Ndume, Lawan lobby PDP senators-elect

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Nigerian National Assembly complex, Abuja

Major contenders for the office of the President of the Nigerian Senate in the 9th Assembly, have stepped up actions to secure the slot ahead of Tuesday’s election.

The contenders: Ahmed Lawan, a former Senate Leader and Ali Ndume, both of the All Progressives Congress, APC, reports say, separately met with senators from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

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Senator Ahmed Lawan

According to the Senator Ahmad Lawan Campaign Organisation, through its spokesman, Senator Sabi Abdullahi, said the meeting was held on Sunday morning.

He said, “The 9th Senate is poised to deliver on the expectations of Nigerians, without taking them for granted. Senator Ahmad Lawan in company with other senators-elect on the platform of the APC met with some PDP senators this [Sunday] morning in the residence of the Deputy Senate President of the 8th Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.

“There were some other PDP senators on hand in Senator Ekweremadu’s house to receive Senator Lawan and members of his campaign team,” Abdullahi stated. Adding that, Lawan would emerge the Senate President on Tuesday.

Reports says, other PDP senators-elect in attendance when Lawan met with former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu include Eyinnaya Abaribe, Emmanuel Bwacha, Dino Melaye, Theodore Orji, Philip Aduda and James Manager.

Similarly, Ndume was said to have met with a few senators-elect of the opposition parties on Saturday.

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Senator Ali Ndume

An ally to Ndume, who did not want his identity disclosed, on Sunday, said: “The senator met with the PDP senators on Saturday but he would not blackmail the distinguished senators by saying that they have endorsed him even when their party has yet to take a position on it.

“He will not mention the names of those he met with or blackmail his colleagues with any endorsement list compiled with a single handwriting,” the ally said.

However, there were speculations that the Lawan group may have been worried over alleged support garnered by Ndume on Saturday.

Ndume had said no big deal was made about the support given Lawan by other senators, adding that the casting of ballot that would happen on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday would be a definitive decider.

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