Senate President Hopeful, Ahmed Lawan Dodges Another Setback, Takes His Ambition To Lagos With Tinubu 

Senate president hopeful Ahmed Lawan yesterday commenced his crusade for the number three position in Lagos, asking senators-elect to support him at the in-house survey.

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He revealed his arrangements for the Ninth Senate, saying that his crusade trademark is: ‘A Senate and National Assembly that works for Nigeria.’

The Senate Leader said the following Senate should help the nation by helping President Muhammadu Buhari to accomplish his agenda in the areas of security, economy, work creation and against debasement fight.

Lawan, who spoke with news correspondents in Lagos, said while he is familiar with the convention of the partition of powers, it ought not convert into a pointless crack that will injure amicable working relations among the organs of government to the disservice of the nation.

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The journey of the ‘Lawan Campaign Organization’ to Lagos was deferred as the aircraft developed fault in Abuja, requiring an immediate change of aircraft.

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The Senate Leader was accompanied to the Lagos news conference by his campaign manager, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi (Kebbi North), Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central), Senator Solomon Adeola (Lagos West), former Senate Leader Teslim Folarin, Senators-elect Ifeanyi Ubah (Anambra), Bayo Osinowo (Lagos East), Opeyemi Bamidele (Ekiti Central), Prince Dayo Adeyeye (Ekiti South), Lekan Mustapha, Adeleke Oriolowo and Senator Aliemekena (Edo North).

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Lawan, who is from Yobe State in the Northeast, indicated interest for the position in 2015. Until further notice, other aspirants  from the district are Senator Danjuma Goje and Senator Ali Ndume.

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Senator Abdullahi, the director of Lawan Campaign Organization, portrayed the Senate Leader as a commonly recognized name in Nigeria, including that he is prominently met all requirements for the position.

Describing Lawan’s entrance into the race as a fresh start for the Senate, he additionally hailed Senator Oluremi Tinubu for “the partnership for the progressive agenda”.

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Abdullahi said: “We want to have a Senate that will work with Nigerian people. That is our agenda. Senator Ahmed Lawan is known throughout Nigeria. We think Nigeria deserves Lawan as Senate President.”

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Lawan, who described himself as a progressive, observed that the next Senate will be made up of seasoned professionals, technocrats and statesmen, adding that “the experience we have garnered will help us to assist the country through legislation”.

Justifying his readiness for the role, he said: “I have been in the National Assembly for almost 20 years. I have served in the House of Representatives for eight years and the Senate for 12 years, I thank God and my people for renewing my mandate.

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“I am a progressive. I was an APP and later, ANPP House of Representatives member and I am now in the APC. I believe in the progressive politics, in ensuring that ordinary people – the masses – get support and opportunities to actualise their potentials and dreams. We should support entrepreneurship and business to grow and thrive for employment to boom.”

Reiterating his campaign slogan: ‘A Senate and a National Assembly that works for Nigeria,’ he said senators should work in a united manner for Nigerians, irrespective of their different political platforms.

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He added: “We need a National Assembly that will look at Nigeria as its constituency. We want a Senate and a National Assembly that will maintain cordiality, synergy and cooperation with other arms of government.”

Lawan said the welfare of Nigerians should not be compromised, stressing that jobs and wealth should not be concentrated in a few hands.

He stressed: “You can’t sleep with two eyes closed, if the wealth does not go round, if there is poverty, if the children of the poor cannot go to school.”


Source: The Nation