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#POLITICS: Senate Leadership: Goje Withdraws, Endorses Lawan After Meeting Buhari

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SENATOR Danjume Goje, yesterday, announced his withdrawal from the Senate Presidency race for the 9th Senate.

Goje also endorsed the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, for the position, which is expected to be inaugurated on June 11.

The endorsement came a few minutes after Goje, who is Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation and preferred candidate of the outgoing Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, senators met behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential villa, Abuja.

Present at the meeting, which lasted about 45 minutes, were Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State; Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, and a senator-elect from Kaduna State, Uba Sani.

Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting, el-Rufai expressed happiness that Goje had followed the direction of President Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, by endorsing Lawan, who is the party’s preferred candidate for the 9th Senate leadership.

El-Rufai, who was one of those that brokered meeting, said: “I am very pleased to report to you that we just came out of a meeting with our leader and mentor, the President with Senator Damjuma Goje from Gombe State and Senator Ahmad Lawan from Yobe State; the senator-elect, Uba Sani, from my state to discuss steps to unify our leadership in the National Assembly, starting with the Senate.

“I am very pleased to announce that Goje has agreed to fully endorse and support the choice of the party and that of Mr. President to lead the Senate, that is Senator Ahmad Lawan.”

Why I endorsed Lawan—Goje

Also speaking, Goje, who is former governor of Gombe State, said he decided to withdraw from the Senate presidency race to show his respect to President Buhari and his loyalty to the APC.

He said:  “First, I want to use this opportunity to thank Allah for giving us this opportunity today. I want to thank my teeming supporters, associates across the country, who have been calling me to declare for the Senate presidency.

“The calls have come from across the country, I have listened to them, I appreciate them, I thank them very well.

“I have decided to respect President Muhammadu Buhari’s wish by not declaring to contest this Senate presidency. Instead, I am supporting the position of the party and his own position, thereby endorsing the candidature of Senator Ahmed Lawan.”

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