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Monday, June 10, 2019

Battle for who to succeed Saraki hots up as Lawan, Ndume meet PDP senators-elect

The two contenders for the position of the Senate presidency on Sunday intensified efforts to woo senators-elect ahead of Tuesday’s election for the leadership of the 9th National Assembly.

While the immediate past Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, met the former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu and some other Peoples Democratic Party senators, there were indications that Senator Ali Ndume, had got the support of some members of the opposition parties.

A Punch correspondent gathered that apart from Ekeweremadu, other PDP senators-elect including Eyinnaya Abaribe, Emmanuel Bwacha, Dino Melaye, Theodore Orji, Philip Aduda, and James Manager, were in attendance when Lawan met the former DSP.


The spokesperson for the Senator Ahmad Lawan Campaign Organisation, Senator Sabi Abdullahi, confirmed that the meeting was held in the early hours of Sunday.

He said, “The 9th Senate is poised to deliver on the expectations of Nigerians, without taking them for granted. Senator Ahmad Lawan in company with other senators-elect on the platform of the APC met with some PDP senators this (Sunday) morning in the residence of the Deputy Senate President of the 8th Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.

“There were some other PDP senators on hand in Senator Ekweremadu’s house to receive Senator Lawan and members of his campaign team.”

He said Lawan would emerge the Senate President on Tuesday.

Attempts to speak with Ekweremadu, Melaye, Abaribe and Manager on the development failed on Sunday evening as none of them responded to calls sent to their mobile phones.

Also, there were indications that Ndume met with some senators-elect of the PDP on Saturday.


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