Senate leadership: Lawan flouts Oshiohmole, meets PDP governors, senators

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The Senate Majority Leader and  the adopted candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Senate presidency  in the 9th Senate, Ahmed Lawan, has begun corporative talks with some Peoples Democratic Party governors  to enable him clinch the nation’s number three seat.

Lawan’s decision to reach out to the opposition is contrary to the stance of the ruling party’s that it would not need the PDP for its candidate to emerge winner in the race.

The APC has been divided over Lawan’s adoption,  with Senators Ali Ndume (Borno) and Danjuma Goje (Gombe) insisting on  contesting  the post despite the APC’s position.

The National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, had shortly after the  NWC’s  adoption of Lawan, said the ruling party did not need the PDP lawmakers’ votes to clinch leadership seats in the National Assembly.

Noting that there will be no power sharing with the opposition parties, the APC said all  committees in the Senate would be chaired by the APC senators.

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However, Lawan met with  three PDP governors during the week to  seek  their support.

He reportedly met  he  met separately with Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and  Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State as well as  Imo State governor-elect Emeka Ihedioha  in Abuja where he sought  their support for his  Senate presidency bid.

A source,  who was part of his  meeting with  Tambuwal  on  Wednesday,  claimed  Lawan  complained about Oshiomhole’s comments on the PDP, which he said had adversely affected his  chances of winning the support of some  returning PDP senators-elect.

It has not been confirmed  whether Lawan made any commitment to a power-sharing deal with  the PDP.

“It  was  just to reassure  PDP stakeholders of his readiness to work and cooperate with them, nothing more,” the source  said.

Spokesman for  the Lawan-for-Senate President Campaign Organisation, Senator Sabi Abdullahi, confirmed to newsmen that the Senate Leader met with some governors.

Abdullahi, who is also  the spokesperson for the Senate, described the meetings with the governors as “successful”.

He said, “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.”

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