OrderPaperToday – 61 Senators have announced their endorsement for the candidacy of Senator Ahmed Lawan (APC, Yobe) as the Senate President in the 9th assembly.
Lawan alongside Senator Ali Ndume are vying for the seat on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), while the former stands as the party’s ‘anointed’ candidate.
Announcing the list, the Secretary of Lawan Campaign group, Senator Barau Jibrin in a press briefing on Saturday noted that there were 60 APC Senators and 1 Senator from the Young Progressive Party.
The number was initially 64 but with ruling of the Supreme Court nullifying the election in Zamfara state which emerged APC candidates, reducing the number to 61.
In his remarks, Lawan appreciated his party’s counterparts saying, “this is a sacrifice recognised by all of us”.
According to him, the list was manually written and not typed.
“Out of 44 PDP Senators, we can’t have less than 35 to 38 Senators”, the Senate President aspirant boasted.
He added: “So I pay special tribute to them. I am waiting for a time we will set like this. This is the first time APC members are united. We won’t get tired of talking to people.
“We want to get there united and perform for the sake of our people. We are not prepared to start fighting ourselves because we don’t want distraction.”
Meanwhile, only two APC Senators have not shown interest in Lawan’s ambition, Rochas Okoroacha who is currently battling judicial intervention and Ndume, another aspirant for the seat.
The Pro-Lawan Senators are: Adamu Aliero (Kebbi Central), Barau Jibrin (Kano North), Francis Alimikhena (Edo North), Solomon Adeola (Lagos West), Aliyu Abdullahi (Niger North), Olubunmi Adetumbi (Ekiti North), Ibrahim Gobir (Sokoto East), Robert Borrofice (Ondo North), Sadiq Umar (Kwara North), Yakubu , seni (Kogi Central), Adelere Orilowo (Osun West), Biobarakuma Degi-Eremenyo (Bayelsa East), Bulus Amos (Gombe South), Hezekiah Dimka (Plateau Central), Ignatius Longstan (Plateau South), Halliru Jika (Bauchi Central), Kabiru Gaya (Kano South), Ajibola Basiru (Osun Central), Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa West), Umaru Al-Makura (Nasarawa South), Danladi Sankara (Jigawa NorthWest), Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia (Jigawa North East), Kashim Shettima (Borno Central),
Sabo Mohammed (Jigawa South-West), Godiya Akwashuki (Nasarawa North), Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta Central), Buhari Abdulfatai (Oyo North), Adedayo Adeyeye (Ekiti South), Bello Mandiya (Katsina South), Yahaya Abdullahi (Kebbi North), Bala Ibn Na’Allah (Kebbi South), Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf (Taraba Central), Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central), David Umaru (Niger East, Isah Jibrin (Kogi East), Suleiman Abdu Kwari (Kaduna North), Ashiru Yisa (Kwara South), Ibrahim Geidam (Yobe East), Ahmad Babba Kaita (Katsina North), Ifeanyi Ubah (Anambra South), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto North), Lawal Yahaya (Bauchi South), A.M. Bulkachuwa (Bauchi North), Ashiru Ahmed (Adamawa Central),
Michael Bamidele (Ekiti Central), Olalekan Mustapha (Ogun East), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun Central), Abubakar Kyari (Borno North)Teslim Folarin (Oyo Central), Uba Sani (Kaduna Central), Abubakar Shehu (Sokoto South), Tolu Odebiyi (Ogun West) , Orji Uzor-Kalu (Abia North), Kabir Barkiya (Katsina Central), Bima Muhammad Enagi (Niger South), Ibrahim Shekarau (Kano Central), Ibrahim Oloriegbe (Lagos East), Osinowo Adebayo (Lagos East), Danjuma Goje (Gombe Central), Saidu Alkali (Gombe North) and Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North).