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APC anointed candidate Senator Lawan ignores Oshiomhole, set to make deal with PDP for support

Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) anointed candidate for the next 9th Assembly Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan, reportedly met with some of his colleagues in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The APC had stated that it would not need the opposition PDP for Senator Lawan to emerge winner of the senate presidency.

Lawan’s endorsement by the party however created a division among the APC senators. Some are with Senator Ali Ndume who has vehemently refused to accept his party’s decision and Senator Danjuma Goje also wants to contest the number 3 position.

Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the ruling APC, had warned members of the party against making any deal with the opposition PDP, saying that the APC would take all leadership position without the opposition party.

Senator Lawan however met with not only some of his colleagues, but three PDP governors to seek their support.

Unconfirmed report has it that he met with Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, and Governor-elect Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State in Abuja.

Senator Sabi Abdullahi, the spokesman of the Senate Lawan Senate Presidency Campaign Organisation, confirmed that Lawan met with some governors, saying that the meeting was a success.

“We have spoken to many governors, including Kashim Shettima (of Borno State) when he visited  Lawan’s  campaign  secretariat .

“Many of the governors  we spoke to were pleased with our agenda for the  9th Senate  and they all pledged their support,” Senator Abdullahi said.

The PDP however noted that it is yet to decide whether or not to support Senator Lawan.

Mr. Diran Odeyemi, the PDP Deputy National Publicity Secretary, on Friday said that the party still has some months of consultations before it would decide on what to do.

“The PDP definitely has its own joker, and as a responsible party, will look at all options.

“We still have a few months of horse-trading and consultations to weigh our options and adopt the best democratic practice.

“This is politics and the party will definitely take a stand at the appropriate time.”

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