Senate Majority Leader and top contenders for the President of the Senate in the ninth National Assembly, Ahmed Lawan, has denied meeting with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors.
Lawan made the denial in a press release by his campaign group spokesman, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, in Abuja during the weekend.
Clarifying a report making the rounds that the Senate Leader defied the directives of his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, and met with PDP governors in pursuit of his ambition to lead the next Senate President, Senator Sabi Abdullahi said that there was never a time he said Lawan met with PDP governors in his earlier chat with reporters in Abuja.
The press release read in part, “What we said was that we had several interactions between lawmakers and governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC). We stand to be corrected on this.
“We cannot but imagine the height of embarrassment which such a story may have caused Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party.
“Nevertheless, we wish to re-echo our position that the Senator Ahmad Lawan candidacy remains committed to the principle of inclusion for all Senators-elect regardless of party affiliation.
“This position stems from our posture which believes that nation building is a task for all Nigerians irrespective of tribe, religion, party or other sentiments.
“In demonstrating this, the Senator Lawan for Senate President Group had rounds of interactions with Senators-elect from APC, PDP and YPP during the just concluded orientation program for elected members of the 9th National Assembly.
“As interactions continue, we hope to continue to interface with Senators-elect from the various political parties with a view to giving Nigerians a leadership in the 9th National Assembly that considers national interest a top priority.”