Senator Ahmed Lawan has received the backing of the Borno state governor, Governor Kashim Shettima for the 9th Assembly Senate President.
After a brief meeting paid by the ‘Ahmad Lawan for Senate President Group’ to Governor Kashim Shettima at his Abuja residence said that he will not go against the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) decision even if Senator Ahmed Lawan is his kinsman.
Observing that the Northern APC members won their elections due to their allegiance to President Buhari and as such should not go against his decisions.
“I am the first citizen of the state and I have consulted widely with our leaders from Borno before resolving to back Sen. Ahmad Lawan.
“Most importantly, let us be honest. Muhammadu Buhari is the single candidate in the country that most of us from the North won our election by aligning with him.
“I have very little to say, ordinarily I am not even supposed to come here because there are three things to be combated.
“I hail from the same state with the Distinguished Sen. Ali Ndume and I appreciate the fact that politics is local. But politics is also national.
“I believe the blood that binds us together supersedes whatever we might harbour.
“But I fully align with the aspiration of my party, and by the grace of God we are going to mobilise all our goodwill to see that we are fully on board,” he said.
He, Governor Shettima bore stressed the importance for APC members to remain discipline regarding the decisions taken by the party.
“We are for Sen. Ahmad Lawan. We are for Femi Gbajabiamila and all other senators and other House of Representatives members endorsed by the party.
“We are for the party that allowed everyone to aspire to political offices. We believe that we must respect the party.
“There is no provision for independent candidates. I don’t know whether anyone has won under an independent platform, except maybe Senator-elect Ifeanyi Ubah, who brought in an anonymous party and won.
“So, I feel honoured by the visit, but honestly this visit is unwarranted. I am fully onboard. I am for Sen. Ahmad Lawan for Senate President,”Shettima said.
He said further that, “President Buhari has endorsed some of the best hands we have in the system, and where we hail from, Sen. Ahmad Lawan is one of the best hands we have. It is a reality.
“He has been in the National Assembly since 1999. He has the experience, exposure, pedigree, and intellect to redefine the process.
“He is the best amongst equals. He is level headed, calm, mature and we need such quality of leadership to drive the 9th Senate.”
“We, the elected representatives of the people of Borno are not at war with Sen. Ali Ndume.
“He is my kinsman, but we will continue to prevail on him to align himself with the aspirations of the party.
“We are not at war. We belong to the same paternity”, said Governor Shettima