Senate Presidency: Why I stepped down for Lawan – Goje
Danjuma Goje, a Nigerian senator (APC-Gombe Central), on Thursday explained why he decided to step down his ambition for Ahmed Lawan (APC-Yobe) in the race for the Senate presidency in the ninth Assembly.
Mr Goje, who thanked his supporters and associates across the country, spoke with reporters after a meeting he had with Mr Lawan, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, and President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Villa, Abuja on Thursday.
He said that, as an elder statesman in the Senate for a long time, he should be able to appreciate leadership coming from the party elders.
Mr Goje said in spite of the calls from his supporters, he had, because of his loyalty to the president and for the interest of the party, decided to step down from the race.
“Instead, I am supporting the party’s position thereby endorsing the candidature of Sen. Lawan.
“I am not compelled to step down; I have been winning my elections many times from local government to House of Assembly to National Assembly to governorship and I was also a minister.
“To say that I have been threatened to support somebody, no. I am supporting Lawan based on my own conviction that I am doing the right thing for our country, for our president,’’ he said.
Speaking, Mr Lawan thanked Messrs Buhari, El-Rufai and Goje for the making the agreement possible.
He said the endorsement by Mr Goje was going to bring so much unity in the APC and indeed in the entire Senate in a bi-partisan fashion.
“I believe that is the way to go, we want to go to the ninth Senate focused and united right from onset, kickstart our activities which is very important at this time.
“The country needs a Senate that is focused and united for optimum performance and I believe that the senators-elect will be happy to hear that this has been achieved.
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