– Senator Lawan’s campaign group said he has been endorsed by 60 APC senators and one YPP lawmaker
– Senator Lawan himself said he was confident that at least 35 PDP senators will vote for him
Senator Ahmed Lawan’s campaign group says at least 61 senators-elect have signed up to vote for him as president of the ninth Senate.
The secretary of the campaign organisation, Barau Jibrin, read the names on the list to journalists at Transcorp Hilton Abuja on Saturday, June 8.
Jibrin said the list comprised of 60 out of the 62 elected All Progressives Congress (APC) senators and one from the Young Peoples Party (YPP).
He said the list was initially 64 but was trimmed to 62 due to the ruling on Zamfara state.
He expressed confidence that the 61 would vote Senator Lawan. However, Premium Times notes that only 32 senators were present at the briefing.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the campaign committee, Yahaya Abdullahi, also dispelled the notion that Lawan is arrogant as some think.
He said: “Some people will come to me and say Lawan is arrogant. He is not arrogant, he’s a laid down person. He’s not an extrovert and this is the man we are now supporting.”
Abdullahi also said Lawan’s candidacy is not an imposition by the party and the presidency as claimed in some quarters.
“There was no imposition. There was only coincidence of opinion and that coincidence favoured us,” he said.
He said that meetings and campaigns had already started well before the party and presidency’s endorsement.
Speaking at the press briefing, Lawan said the campaign organisation consciously decided not to add the names of PDP lawmakers to the endorsement list.
He said he was confident of at least 35 votes from the opposition party.
“I can tell you that out of 44 PDP, we cannot have less than 35 to 38,” he said.
Below is the list of names as announced by Jibrin:
Earlier, Legit.ng previously reported that some senators-elect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Young Progressive Party (YPP), on Friday, June 7, attended Sen Lawan’s launch of his 9th Senate presidency’s agenda, declaring their full support for his candidacy.
The opposition parties’ senators-elect at the occasion include Clifford Odia (PDP-Edo), Mathew Urhoghide (PDP-Edo) and Gershom Bassey (PDP-Cross River).
Others are Abba Morro (PDP-Benue), Lawali Anka (PDP-Zamfara) and Ifeanyi Ubah (YPP-Anambra).
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