Senator Ahmad Lawan’s quest to become Nigeria’s next Senate President received a boost on Monday with Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State endorsing his aspiration against the contender from his state, Senator Ali Ndume.
Shettima, who is one of the three senators-elect from Borno State openly declared his support for Ahmad Lawan in his Abuja residence in the presence of 14 other senators-elect across the six geo- political zones.
Shettima pointed out that although Ndume is from his state, Lawan being the candidate of their party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) remains his candidate and that of the other senator from the State, Abubakar Kyari .
His words: “I hail from the same state with the distinguished Senator Ali Ndume and I appreciate the fact that politics is local. But politics is also national. And I believe the bond that binds us together supersedes whatever we might harbour.
“For the position of President of the 9th Senate, I fully align with the aspiration of my party and that of President Muhammadu Buhari and by the grace of God we are going to mobilize all our goodwill to see that we are fully on .board.
“We are for Senator Ahmad Lawan. We are for Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila and all other senators and other reps members endorsed by the party. We are for party discipline that allowed everyone to aspire for political offices.
“We believe that we must respect the party. All of us won under platforms. There is no provision for independent candidate. I am fully on board; I am for Senator Ahmad Lawan for Senate President.”