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Ninth Assembly: Borno Gov dumps Ndume, adopts Lawan as Senate President

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As the race for the leadership of the Ninth National Assembly gathers steam, Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, on Monday endorsed Ahmad Lawan for the position of the Senate President.

He urged all members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to demonstrate party loyalty and support Lawan.

Shettima, who is also a senator-elect, is from the same state with Senator Ali Ndume, who is also contesting the position.

Although Lawan is the choice of the APC national leadership for the position of Senate President, Ndume is insisting on contesting for the nation’s Number Three seat.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, the governor said the people of his state are behind the aspiration of Lawan.

He said: “I hail from the same state with the distinguished senator Ali Ndume. And I appreciate the fact that politics is local. But politics is also national.

“But I fully aligned wit the aspiration of my party, to the aspiration of president Muhammadu Buhari and by te grace of God, we are going to mobilize all our goodwill to see that we are fully on board.

“We are for Sen Ahmed Lawan, we are for Femi Gbajabiamila and all other senators and other Reps members endorsed by the party.

“We are for party discipline that allowed everyone to aspire political offices. We believe that we must respect the party. All of us won under platforms. There is no provision for independent candidate. I don’t know whether anyone has won under an independent platform”.

 

OWEDE AGBAJILEKE, Abuja

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