*urges other Senators to follow suit
By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
North-East Women and Youth Support Group commended the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations, Semator Danjuma Goje for Stepping down and endorsing Senator Ahmed Lawan to emerge as the next Senate President.
The group also urged all newly elected Senators of the All Progressives Party, (APC)People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and other parties to back Senator Lawan’s emergence for a progressive and vibrant leadership he would bring to bear if elected.
According to the group , Lawan’s endorsement which took place today after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in his office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja,according to the group is a sign that the coast is absolutely clear for all Senators to cue in and support the outright emergence of Senator Lawan.
It noted, ” A vote for Lawan to emerge as the Senate President is a vote for unity of lawmakers ,harmonious relationship among members of NASS and purposeful leadership devoid of rancour”.
The National Coordinator of the group, Honourable Hassan Danjuma Samdi in a statement made available to journalists on Thursday said, Senator Ahmed Lawan as a senior high ranking lawmaker has all the requisite experience ,leadership quality and ability to steer the affairs of the 9th Senate and National Assembly as the Chairman .
He said,” Senator Lawan has a proven track records of performance , sound administrative prowess ,humility and focused leadership ,which has been demonstrated repeatedly on the floor of the Senate and political positions held before now”.
The National Coordinator, who is a Kaduna based politician and former House of Representatives aspirant under platform of All Progressives Congress said the National Assembly now needs someone with vast experience and a goal getter, who can work under pressure to deliver dividends of democracy without friction between the Executive and lawmakers.
He however said , “Senator Goje’s endorsement gladdens our heart , because he did concede despite widespread calls for him to run for the office of Senate President.
” We also commend Senator Goje for heeding to President Muhammadu Buhari’s call to step down .
“Democracy is about give and take and we are not surprised that Senator Goje and others who are yet to do so will follow suit .” He Stated .
Hon.Samdi however assured all Senators and members of National Assembly of support of the North East Group and Youth across the north to ensure quality leadership from Senator Lawan .