The race for the Ninth National Assembly’s leadership is geeting more exciting, with All Progressives Congress (APC) governors and party chairmen from the Northcentral states endorsing of Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan and House of Representatives leader Femi Gbajabiamila for Senate President and Speaker.
The endorsement was done at a closed-door meeting of stakeholders from the zone at the Plateau State Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja.
The meeting was chaired by Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong.
According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mark Longyen, the session lasted one hour.
The statement reads: “A meeting of governors and the party chairmen from Northcentral on Thursday (yesterday) resolved to go along with the decision of the party’s endorsement of Senator Ahmad Lawan as Senate President and Femi Gbajabiamila as the Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 9th National Assembly.
“Since it was a party affair, our decision was in line with the wish of the party and that is why we the governors and state chairmen of our party from the zone are in support of the decision of the party.”
When asked what the zone stands to gain in the power sharing formula, Gov. Lalong said: “We are still deliberating. We have not exhausted the positions with respect to zoning.
“Our decision and position are only on two issues, while the rest deliberations are ongoing. There is going to be a continuation of our meeting in respect of positions to the Northcentral with both Mr. President and the party.”
At the meeting Governors Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger); Umaru Tanko Almakura (Nasarawa) Benue State APC governorship candidate Emmanuel Jime.
The state chairman of the APC who attended are: Jibrin Imam (Niger); Abdullahi Bello (Kogi); Philips Shekwo (Nasarawa); Letep Dabang (Plateau); Abba Yaro (Benue) and Abdullahi Usman (FCT).