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Lawan denies seeking reelection as Senate President

Written by on May 24, 2023

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has denied joining the race for the Senate presidency.

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

The APC has 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.

In a statement made available to journalists, Lawan says he did not declare to contest for the next Senate presidency seat and he has not held a meeting with anybody regarding that.

According to Lawan, he is part of the leadership of the APC and he will remain committed to the party’s position.

In a related development, aspirant for the Speaker of the 10th House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, is urging other contestants for the position to embrace the consensus arrangement as announced by the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Abbas and Kalu led about 100 members-elect, who are members of the Joint Task Group drawn from the APC, NNPP, LP, ADC, SDP, APGA, on the visit.

Abbas, who visited the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, at the secretariat in Abuja, pledged to work with other contestants.

He also is appealing to the NWC to call on his co-contestants to agree on the mutual basis to move the National Assembly forward.

According to him, his efforts to reach out to other contestants led to three major aspirants stepping down for him.

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