Senate President Ahmed Lawan

Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni and many other senators, on Friday, submitted the presidential nomination and expression of interest forms of the Senate President Ahmad Lawan..

Mr Lawan, who is from Yobe State,North-east Nigeria, joined the presidential race on Monday and has been a lawmaker since 1999.

He was a member of the House of Representatives from 1999-2007 and has been in the Senate since then, representing Yobe North. He was elected Senate President in 2019.

He is the only major aspirant on the APC platform from the North-east geo-political zone.

While addressing journalists, Mr Uzodinma, who is a former senator, said they helped the senate president to submit the form in the spirit of solidarity.

“Today we are here in solidarity to accompany our leader, the Senate President to submit his duly completed form and we have submitted the form.”

“In the police, it is called esprit de corps,”

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Mr Lawan already has the endorsement of the Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu (APC, Abia).

The former Abia State governor said he endorsed Mr Lawan because the North-east, like the South-east, is yet to produce a president since 1999.

Mr Kalu had criticised politicians from the South-west and South-south for not supporting the presidential aspiration of the South-east.

He consequently pulled out of the race.

Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade also submitted his presidential forms at the APC secretariat in Abuja.

A group called the National Stability Project purchased and presented the presidential forms to the Senate President on Monday, which he accepted.

The forms, which cost N100m, has also been purchased by several other top APC bigwigs, including Vice President Yemi Osibajo and former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.


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