By Chris Nomjov
The All Progressive Congress (APC) has selected Senator Ahmed Lawan, a senator representing Yobe central, as the party’s consensus candidate for senate president of the 8th national assembly. If confirmed, this will put paid to the aspirations of frontline contenders, former Kwara state Governor, Bukola Saraki from Kwara State and current Minority leader, George Akume from Benue State.
Also, frontline contender, Senator Akume (Benue), is the party’s consensus candidate for deputy senate president. Barnabas Gemade, serving senator and senator-elect, made the announcement at the two-day retreat for APC senators-elect in Abuja on Saturday.
“We, the Senate Unity Forum comprising senators-elect from various zones of Nigeria, have met, held extensive discussions and resolved to support senator Ahmed Lawan as senate president and senator George Akume as deputy senate president of the 8th senate,”
Gemade said. “Kindly take this to be our collective decision in the best interest of our party, APC, and our dear nation, Nigeria.”
However, an aspirant, Bukola Saraki, from Kwara state, has denied that a consensus candidate has been picked by the party through his twitter handle @bokulosaraki. The Kwara state legislator urged members of the public to disregard the ‘rumour’ as ‘false’.
It would be recalled that the APC had stated that it would opt for merit, instead of zoning in the selection of a consensus candidate for Senate president. Both Ahmed Tinubu and Bisi Akande separately stated that, then party would favour merit above zoning. A decision which, Senator Akume differed with; stating his competency for the Senate Presidency seat.