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9th National Assembly: Borno Governor Dumps Ndume, Backs Lawan, Gbajabiamila




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Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has confirmed that former governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have endorsed Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan and House of Representatives Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, for Senate President and House Speaker respectively.

Speaking to newsmen in N’Djamena, Chad, the governor stated that the three senators-elect and House of Representatives members-elect from Borno State have endorsed Lawan and Gbajabiamila for the exalted offices.

Shettima also dismissed the insinuation in some quarters that ex-governors in the National Assembly were against the election of Lawan and Gbajabiamila as leaders of the two chambers of the national assembly.

He noted that supporting President Muhammadu Buhari’s programmes and political decisions remained the only way for the APC governors to show appreciation to the President.

“All our governors, including those coming to the Senate, are 100 per cent in support of our party’s stance as far as the election of new leadership for the national assembly is concerned,” Shettima said.

“As far as Borno is concerned, we are in alignment with the aspirations of Mr President and that of our party.

“Whoever the party endorses for any position, we will solely stand behind such a person because party discipline is absolutely essential for the sustainability of our democratic experiment.

“If everyone is to vote according to his own free will surely that would be a recipe for disaster or confusion. So, we have to align ourselves with the aspirations of the president.”

Naija News recalls that Senator Ali Ndume, who is representing Borno South in the National Assembly, had declared his intention to run for the nation’s number three seat despite the APC’s endorsement of Lawan.

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It was believed that the senator was backed by his State governor to contest the exalted position.