Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have begun the battle to smoothen Senator Ahmad Lawan’s road to the Senate presidency.
Some of them last night met in Abuja on how to push “the Lawan Agenda.” He is the party’s and President Muhammadu Buhari’s choice for the job.
Lawan was at the meeting, which was said to be part of steps to keep APC caucuses united ahead of the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly.
Last night’s meeting, The Nation learnt, was to:
– Sell Lawan’s candidature to all senators-elect, irrespective of political parties; and
-debunk the notion that Lawan is being imposed.
The meeting, which began at about 8pm, was still in progress as at 10.30pm.
The list of the governors and others at the talks was kept under wraps.
It was gathered that upon endorsement of Lawan by the party last Monday, the President mandated members to “sell the qualities of the nominee to Nigerians, especially senators-elect.”
One of the organisers of the meeting, who spoke with our correspondent, said: “ The meeting was informed by the directive of the President to the governors to see the Lawan Agenda through in the interest of the country.
“We want to change the narrative being sponsored by the opposition PDP that Lawan’s choice and zoning amounted to imposition.
“Most senators-elect may not be aware that the President actually raised an eight-man search team which recommended Lawan and a few others.
“It was after weighing options that the President opted for Lawan. It is not a case of the Executive breathing down on senators-elect and members of the House of Representatives-elect.
“The governors met with Lawan on how to project his inherent qualities, especially his rich legislative experience, and the need to build inter-party confidence/ collaboration before the 9th National Assembly is inaugurated.
“We do not want the race for the office of the President of Senate to be beclouded by sentiments. This is the time of merit and we want to stick out our neck for these candidates we have recommended.”
Responding to a question, the source added: “The meeting will come up with strategies to reach out to all stakeholders on the Lawan project.”