The race for the number three seat in the nation has heated up and the major senators who are in the running for the seat are Senator George Akume, Senator Bukola Saraki, and Senator Danjuma Goje, Senator Ali Ndume of Benue, Kwara, Gombe and Borno States respectively.
However, Senator Ahmed Lawan of Yobe State, who is the current chairman of the public accounts committee, seems to be pulling in endorsements from left and right. It would be recalled that sometime ago Senator Lawan was said to have gotten the endorsement and backing of APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, added to that, he has also gotten the endorsement of the South West senators as well as that of the Yobe State caucus of the incoming 8th Senate to run its affairs for the next four years.
The Yobe State Senate caucus leader, Alhaji Bukar Abba Ibrahim, who is a former governor of Yobe state, said that the endorsement was made on behalf of the people and government of Yobe State emphasizing that Lawan possesses the required qualities, character and the frame of mind to make a qualitative Senate President. He further described Lawan as “energetic, hardworking and possessing progressive values.”
“Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan has demonstrated clear commitment to progressive values. He is energetic and hardworking and he has what it takes to lead the 8th Assembly,” he added, noting that his cognate experience places him above his peers. They further asked for support from all the other Northern states.
In the same vain, 12 senators and senators-elect from the South West have also thrown their weight behind Lawan. Their decision came following consultations and meetings with Lawan on his aspirations.