No fewer than 61 Senators-elect has endorsed Dr. Ahmed Lawan on Saturday for the next Senate President billed to hold on Tuesday 11th June, 2019.
Sixty of those who have signed to vote for him on Tuesday are his colleagues in the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The only senator elect from the Young People’s Party (YPP), Ifeanyi Uba, has also keyed into the project, according to Secretary of the Lawan Campaign Organisation but their names are being kept secret for ‘strategic reasons.”
But Lawan expressed confidence that he could garner about 35 to 38 more votes from the opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’ Caucus.
The endorsement list was unveiled by the Chairman of the Lawan Campaign Organisation, Sen. Yahaya Abdullahi and Secretary, Senator Barau Jibrin at a crowded briefing in Abuja.
The signatories include Senator Danjuma Goje who stood down for Lawan on Thursday after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, ex-governors Ibikunle Amosun, Ibrahim Gaidam, Kashim Shettima, and Umar Tanko Al-Makura. The APC has 62 Senators-elect.
But Lawan’s only opponent, Alhaji Ali Ndume, said on Saturday that he was not bothered by the number of endorsements received by Lawan.
He said he was more concerned about receiving votes that would make him Senate President.
Jibrin told reporters in Abuja that only two APC senators elect have not signed the Lawan Project.
He said: “The APC is the immediate base of Senator Ahmad Lawan. They have signed some of them have even come out to show their endorsement for him.
“When you take away the three senators from Zamfara, we now have 61 but 60 are APC senators-elect and one is YPP.
“In total the APC senators-elect in total are 62, those who have not signed for us are only two. You can guess those people.”