Senator Ahmad Lawan, the anointed candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for senate presidency, has vowed to work with members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) if elected on inauguration day.
His statement however contradicts the position of his party leadership.
Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the APC, had in a statement weeks ago said that only APC members in the National Assembly would be elected and appointed into leadership positions.
The APC leadership further noted that the opposition PDP is not needed.
Apparently faced with rejection from few of his colleagues in the same party, Senator Lawan and the APC leadership are now considering the option of seeking the support of the PDP 41 votes.
Senator Sabi Abdullahi, the spokesman for Mr. Lawan Campaign team, urged PDP senators-elect to ignore the threat from the leadership of his party, saying that the Senate is not the Senate of the APC, but the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Consequently, he said that Senator Lawan would treat each of the 109 senators with respect.
“Senator Ahmad Lawan is leaving no stone unturned in talking to his colleagues across party lines. Let me say very clearly that the nature of parliament is such that you cannot shut anybody out. It is not possible.
“I want Nigerians to look at those of us who are the actors and take note of what we say. That is the most important thing.
“I want to submit and assure Nigerians that by the special grace of God, if Senator Ahmad Lawan gets there, he will run an all-inclusive government because the Senate is the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The 109 senators are individual senators representing the various senatorial districts in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. They have inalienable rights to be heard and listened to for government to work for them no matter our differences and no matter the sentiments that we share.
“When we took our oath of office, we pledged not to allow personal interest to override the public interest. Let me say very clearly that our aspiration is to have the Senate that works for Nigeria.
“I know that given the track record of Senator Lawan in his 16 years of being in the National Assembly, he understands the feelings of the opposition because he was one of them before and he will not abuse that privilege.
“The notion from the PDP side that they would be excluded should be withdrawn forthwith. What we are planning to do is to have a Senate that will be for all senators.”
The senator further alleged that many PDP senators have pledge to vote for Lawan on the day of inauguration.
“I can confirm to you that on the day of inauguration, Senator Ahmad Lawan will garner more than two-thirds of the votes from no less than 73 members-elect from both the APC and the PDP.
“We are talking to our colleagues; we are working on the people who will vote on the floor of the Senate on the day of inauguration.
“By the grace of God, so far so good. We are very much convinced, based on the reception that is being accorded our campaigns, we have been able to reach a lot of our colleagues except those who are outside the country.”
It is however a well known fact that politicians in Nigeria when desperately in need of positions over promises and then eventually under deliver after they get into office.
Nigerians waits patiently to see what happens in the National Assembly where elections cannot be rigged and where every members votes counts.