President Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership and most APC governors have endorsed the Senate Leader after consultations.
The leaders were said to have considered Lawan’s “qualifications, prudence, accountability, loyalty and rich legislative experience” which will assist the APC government to have a robust Executive-Legislative relationship to fast-track development.
Lawan is believed to be a “leader with much focus on accountability”. It was also learnt that Buhari preferred Lawan because he repeatedly told senators-elect that he will “like to leave sustainable legacies; to be remembered for something”.
Buhari, who was emotional, regretted the frosty relationship between his administration and the leadership of the 8th National Assembly. He seems to have learn his lesson and prepared to leave no stone unturned this time. Although his position has triggered some negative vibes among some other top-ranking APC senator who consider Lawan’s choice as in position.
Many earlier said the choice of Lawan for the office was the making of the National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. But it’s getting more obvious now that the President had zeroed in on Lawan since 2015 and he did not mince words in asking the leaders of the party, APC governors and even senators-elect to ‘leave the Senate President for me’.”
“Buhari only routed his choice through the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, to demonstrate deference to party and promote discipline in APC.”
We are trying to avoid what happened in 2015.” “After some rigmarole, the National Chairman said the National Working Committee had consulted with the governors elected on the platform of the party and APC leaders and reached a conclusion that Dr. Ahmad Lawan should migrate from being a Senate Leader to the President of the Senate. At the end of the day, we are presenting Lawan for consideration.
“Oshiomhole assured that the party will ensure a win-win situation for all, especially those aspiring for Senate presidency.”