SAN FRANCISCO, June 09, (THEWILL) – The two contenders for the position of the Senate presidency have intensified efforts to woo senators-elect ahead of Tuesday’s election for the leadership of the 9th National Assembly.
While the immediate past Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, met the former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu and some other Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators on Sunday, Senator Ali Ndume, got the support of some members of the opposition parties following a meeting on Saturday.
Other PDP senators-elect including Eyinnaya Abaribe, Emmanuel Bwacha, Dino Melaye, Theodore Orji, Philip Aduda, and James Manager, were in attendance when Lawan met Ekweremadu.
The spokesperson for the Senator Ahmad Lawan Campaign Organisation, Senator Sabi Abdullahi, confirmed that the meeting was held in the early hours of Sunday.
He said, “The 9th Senate is poised to deliver on the expectations of Nigerians, without taking them for granted. Senator Ahmad Lawan in company with other senators-elect on the platform of the APC met with some PDP senators this (Sunday) morning in the residence of the Deputy Senate President of the 8th Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.
“There were some other PDP senators on hand in Senator Ekweremadu’s house to receive Senator Lawan and members of his campaign team.”
On his part, an associate of Senator Ndume said he was well received by the PDP members but refrained from revealing their identities.
Ndume, who had refused to step down for Lawan, was said to be confident of winning as he had garnered a sizeable number of votes from his colleagues in the APC and majority of votes from the PDP.
Ndume, who represents Borno-South in the Senate, added that Lawan was endorsed by his colleagues for the same position in 2015 but lost to Senator Bukola Saraki.