They said respecting the party’s decision would help stabilize the Senate and deepen Nigeria’s democracy.
In a statement by interim coordinator of the group, Mohammed Idris, the Northern elders and youth said Senator Ahmed Lawan’s election as APC’s candidate for Senate president was because he is the most qualified person to occupy the seat considering his records in the Senate, saying he would be a stabilizing force in the National Assembly.
Lawan polled 32 out of the 33 votes cast at the APC mock primary on Saturday to emerge the party’s candidate for Senate president, while Femi Gbajabiamila scored 154 votes to become the party’s candidate for speaker.
“After careful consideration of all the candidates vying for the Senate Presidency, we have come to the conclusion that Senator Ahmed Lawan is the right candidate in view of his pedigree and antecedents.
“We have taken stock of the leading candidates and the statement of President Muhammadu Buhari on the need to have a corrupt free leadership in the Senate and have come to the conclusion that in view of the antecedents of the other contender and his covert issues with the authorities over allegations of corruption while he was governor, it will be inimical to the anti- corruption stance of President Buhari to have him as Senate President.
“We are calling on our senators to allow reason to prevail and disregard any shenanigans. The choice of Sen. Lawan was informed by his opponent’s antecedent as a governor and the numerous allegations of corruption and sundry issues against him,” the group said.