Ahmad Lawan Disputes Entering the Senate Presidency Race

Ahead of the inauguration of the 10th National Assembly, Senate President Ahmad Lawan has denied joining the race for the Senate presidency. Continue Reading>>>>

Lawan, a former Majority Leader, was elected as the Senate President in 2019 after enjoying the backing of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the position.

However, the APC has since selected a former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, as its choice for  Senate President and the senator representing Kano North District, Barau Jibrin, as the Deputy Senate President. Continue Reading>>>>

In a statement on Tuesday, Lawan said he has not declared to contest for the next Senate presidency seat and he has not held a meeting with anybody regarding that.

“I have read some media reports that I have joined the race for the Presidency of the 10th Senate,” he said. “Ordinarily, I would not have responded to these reports but when lies are not refuted, they have the tendency to create an illusion of truth.”

“The truth is that I have never told anyone or held a meeting with anyone that I am running for the Presidency of the 10th Senate. So the public should discountenance the reports.”

“The fact remains that I am part of the leadership of our great party, the APC, seeking to find solutions to the numerous issues arising from the contests for the leadership of the 10th National Assembly and I will continue to remain focused on that.”

Lawan’s denial comes amid reports that he is facing a challenge from a group of senators who are backing the candidacy of Senator Ali Ndume for the Senate presidency.

Ndume, who is the current Senate Minority Leader, has been a vocal critic of Lawan and the APC leadership. He has accused the party of being undemocratic and of not following due process in selecting its candidates for the leadership of the 10th National Assembly.

The inauguration of the 10th National Assembly is scheduled to take place on June 9, 2023. It remains to be seen who will emerge as the next Senate President.

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