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9th National Assembly: Amosun, Shettima Meet Over Senate Presidency




Governor Ibukunle Amosun of Ogun State and Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno have met to reportedly discuss the issue of Senate Presidency for the ninth National Assembly.

The two governors, who are among the newly elected federal lawmakers currently attending an orientation programme in Abuja.

Amosun had declined comments on Monday when newsmen asked him to confirm or deny the reports that serving and former governors were plotting to install the 9th Senate President.

It was said that his meeting with Shettima on Tuesday might not be unconnected with the decision of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to adopt a candidate for the position.

Their body language when they saw an aspirant to the position, Senator Ali Ndume, also fuelled the suspicion as two governors also engaged the former senate leader in a brief discussion before resuming their talks.

Ndume is from the same state with Shettima.

Ndume was also seen engaging other senators-elect in a discussion on Tuesday at the venue of the programme.

He held conversations with former governor Gabriel Suswan, who is also a senator-elect from Benue State; Isah Jibrin from Kogi State; and Boma Mohammed from Yobe State.

Meanwhile, Ndume has explained why senators are not moving around with him unlike his fellow contestant, Senator Ahmad Lawan, who is always seen in company with many senators-elect.

The former Senate leader told Punch that his colleagues should not be seen as his followers.

He said, “I want to be the Senate President and not senators’ president.

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“I don’t believe that I should present my colleagues to the whole world as my followers. They are actually my bosses. I am only seeking to serve them.”