Senate Presidency: Lawan Gets Assurance from 61 senators so far

Ahead of the inauguration of the 9th Senate, the coast seemed to be getting clearer for Senate Majority Leader, Ahmed Lawan in his quest to become the next Senate President after he was endorsed for the race by no fewer than 61 Senators-elect.

Sixty of those who have signed to vote for him on Tuesday, 11th of June when the 9th Assembly kick starts, are his fellow All Progressives Congress (APC) members while the other senator-elect is from the Young People’s Party (YPP), Ifeanyi Uba.

iDONSABI reported that Ubah had said he is not supporting the lawmaker because he has his case before an election tribunal.

Ahmed had at a function where he invited the lawmaker vowed to make sure that the 9th Assembly under him won’t be a rubber stamp.

According to Secretary of the Lawan Campaign Organisation, the names are being kept secret for ‘strategic reasons” but Lawan expressed confidence that he could garner about 35 to 38 votes from the PDP Caucus.

The endorsement list WHICH was unveiled by Senator Yahaya Abdullahi, the Chairman of the Lawan Campaign Organisation, and Secretary, Senator Barau Jibrin at a crowded briefing in Abuja had signatories including Senator Danjuma Goje who stood down for Lawan, former governors, Ibikunle Amosun, Ibrahim Gaidam, Kashim Shettima, and Umar Tanko Al-Makura.

With 62 Senators-elect under the platform of the APC, Lawan’s only opponent in the race, Ali Ndume, on Saturday said he is more interested in votes than the number of endorsements received by Lawan.

He said he was more concerned about receiving votes that would make him Senate President.

According to Jibrin, only two APC senators-elect are yet to key into Lawan’s Project.

See the names of the Senators-elect he said have signed for Lawan.

*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 Oseni (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 north-west)

*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 (Kwara Central)

*Osinowo Adebayo (Lagos East)

*Danjuma Goje (Gombe Central)

*Saidu Alkali (Gombe North)

*Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North).

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