9th Assembly: Goje Steps Down For Lawan In Senate Presidency Race


Senator Danjuma Goje has stepped down for Senator Ahmed Lawan over the Senate presidency race of the ninth assembly.

Goje who met with President Muhammadu Buhari over leadership of the Senate on Thursday, alongside Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state, told a briefing that they have met and senator Goje has agreed to step down and fully endorse Senator Ahmed Lawan.

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Meanwhile, Goje said he has decided to agree with the choice of president Buhari and the APC, and his support is borne out of personal conviction and love for his party.

However, Lawan thanked Goje and El-Rufai for the endorsement and stressed that the move will unite the party.

He also stressed the importance of a focused and united party in the Senate in order to move the country forward.

We Have Accepted Saraki As Senate President – APC Chairman

APCChairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr John Oyegun, has said that his party has come to live with the reality that Senator Bukola Saraki is now the Senate President.

The APC Chairman, who was at the Defence House for the submission of the transition committee report told State House correspondents that his party would pass through the challenges of this time and come out stronger.

According to him, consultations are still going on and everything will soon be put in proper shape for the party to forge ahead.

“People said they were going to court which is their constitutional right, but as a party we are taking a broad look at everything and I assure you, we are coming out stronger,” he said.

Asked if the party has accepted Saraki as the President, he replied, “Of course, he has been duly elected by his colleagues, end of story. We have a reality and we must live with that reality.

“Nothing went wrong, there was just a lot of consultation to do. You can’t be in two places at the same time and so it was not possible for us to meet but we have been talking.”

Senate Leadership: APC Lawmakers Threaten To Challenge Saraki’s Emergence

Bukola-SarakiSome Senators from the All Progressives Congress (APC) have threatened to take all necessary political and legal means to challenge the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki as Senate President.

Briefing reporters after plenary on Wednesday, the Senators, under the platform of the ‘Unity Forum’, said the process, which saw Senator Saraki’s emergence, was unconstitutional and could not confer legitimacy to the Senate President.

To further register their displeasure, the lawmakers staged a walkout of plenary, after earlier taking their oath of office.

But in a swift reaction, another group of APC lawmakers loyal to Senator Saraki insisted that there was nothing unconstitutional about the process that saw Senator Saraki’s emergence as Senate President on Tuesday.

The APC Senator was elected unopposed, with 57 lawmakers present voting for Saraki, while 51 were absent.

In a straw poll held over the weekend, the party had chosen Senator Ahmed Lawan as its candidate for the Senate President position.

After Senator Saraki’s election, the party in a statement expressed its displeasure with the electoral process, calling it ‘Treachery‘.



PDP Debunks Senate Presidency Endorsement Allegation

SenateThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it has neither fielded a candidate nor endorsed the candidacy of any contestant for the Senate Presidency.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, told journalists in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, that the party was not the source of some reports making the rounds that it had adopted a candidate for the Senate Presidency.

Mr Metuh also decried an alleged threat from Senators of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to their colleagues to either support their candidature or be persecuted.

Similarly, at the Lower Chamber, one of the lawmakers contesting for the position of Speaker of the 8th House of Representatives from Kano State, Honourable Abdulmumin Jibrin, has dropped his ambition to support the candidature of Honourable Yakubu Dogara.

With this move, only two legislators would be contesting for the position of the Speaker, Honourable Yakubu Dogara from Bauchi State and Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila from Lagos State.

Deliver Change Before Dreaming of 2019, Saraki Advises Politicians

SarakiNigerian politicians have been advised to concentrate on ensuring that Nigerians get the change they voted for, instead of making plans for the 2019 elections.

One of the senators vying for the position of Senate President in the 8th National Assembly, Senator Bukola Saraki, speaking in Abuja said such politicians are not aware that the country’s political landscape has changed.

He said this when responding to an inquiry concerning his reported interest in contesting for the Office of President in 2019.

He said there is no guarantee that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will even be in position to enjoy the support of Nigerians if it does not meet the expectations of Nigerians.

Different groups have continued to drum support for the candidacy of Senator Bukola Saraki for the Senate President.

Senate Presidency: Group Drums Support For Saraki

senateMembers of the Buhari Support Group have continued to drum support for the candidacy of Senator Bukola Saraki for the Senate President.

During a press conference in Abuja on Saturday, the Group insisted that the north-central zone needed to be compensated for the role it played during the general elections.

They also maintained that their candidate had the antecedent that the hallow chamber could entrust its leadership with.

Earlier in May, the north-east caucus in the Senate had declared that it would resist any plan to impose any candidate for Senate Presidency on the group.

Senator Danjuma Goje, who led of the group, asked Nigerians to disregard any purported endorsement of any Senator from the north-east for the office of the Senate President.

North-East Senators Say No To Imposition Of Senate President

North-EastThe North-East caucus in the Senate has declared that it would resist any plans to impose any candidate for Senate Presidency on the group.

Briefing journalists in Abuja, the leader of the group, Senator Danjuma Goje, asked Nigerians to disregard any purported endorsement of any senator from the North-East for the office of the Senate President.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, is yet to officially declare if it would zone the seats of the principal officers of the National Assembly and to which areas.

However, there have been reports that the APC may have zoned the seat of the Senate President to the North-east.

Senator Goje told journalists that the caucus should be allowed in consultation with the party leadership to nominate their preferred candidate for the position.