Former Kano State governor and newly-elected Senator, Ibrahim Shekarau, and the two other members of the Senate in the 9th National Assembly from Kano have endorsed the Senate Presidency ambitions of Senator Ahmad Lawan.
Throwing their weight behind Senator Lawan, Senators Barau Jubrin and Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya along with Shekarau, described him as eminently qualified to occupy the exalted seat of Senate President going by international parliamentary best practices.
Senator Barau Jubrin, who is the secretary of Ahmed Lawan Campaign Organization, led other members of the campaign train to the residence of Senator-elect, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau to endorse Lawan.
Among those who visited Kano with the Senate Leader include Senator Yahaya Abdullahi (Kebbi North), chairman, Ahmed Lawan Campaign Organization; Senator Danladi Sankara, who is the new Senator-elect for Jigawa North-West Senatorial District; Senator Bello Maudiya (Katsina South); Senator Solomon Adeola Olamilekan (Lagos West); Senator Degi-Eremienyo (Bayelsa East); and Senator Lekan Mustapha (Ogun East).
According to Senator Barau Jubrin, “the National Assembly leadership is elected based on international parliamentary best practices. In every parliament, leaders are elected based on ranking, experience and once a parliament goes by election, the party that gets the majority in that election produces the leader, and in this case, the majority leader in such a parliament automatically becomes the Senate President or Speaker as the case may be.
“Now, Ahmed Lawan is the current leader and he will be the oldest Senator, the most ranked Senator in the 9thSenate. He was a two-time members of House of Representatives and four-time member of the Senate. So, he is the most experienced and most ripe for the job of the Senate presidency going by intentional parliamentary best practices,” he added.
On his part, Shekarau said: “I am so highly honoured to be visited by this high-powered delegation led by the leader of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan.
“I am now a Senator-elect and I pray the 9th National Assembly will be a very peaceful and smooth one, where we will all join hands together to move Nigeria forward.
“I also congratulate you for aspiring to lead the National Assembly. It is one thing to be there, it is another thing to be identified as a leader. It is a challenge and we are all proud of the fact that it is one of those that we have known before that is aspiring to lead the National Assembly.”