The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), on Monday night has finally picked the current Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan for the position of Senate President in the incoming ninth assembly.
According to reports, the selection came at a meeting President Muhammadu Buhari held on Monday with APC Senators-elect at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Lawan, a ranking senator from Yobe state, was the preferred candidate of the APC in 2015, but Bukola Saraki, with the support of the Peoples Democratic Party senators, dribbled the party, to emerge senate president, a scenario analyst say may be replayed if APC fails to put its house in order.
In attendance were the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, APC Senators-elect and 11 serving governors of the party.
The governors are Kebbi, Zamfara, Plateau, Jigawa, Kaduna, Lagos, Osun, Oyo, Borno, Yobe and Kogi states, while Gov Rochas Okorocha was conspicuously missing.
At the meeting which lasted for about two hours, Oshiomhole announced the selection of Lawal in the presence of other Senators-elect, including other top contenders for the Senate Presidency position.
A serving legislator of the ruling party from Katsina, Senator Bello Mandiya equally confirmed that the party had picked Lawan to succeed Bukola Saraki.
He also hinted that other contenders have started lobbying for other available positions in the Senate, since the leadership of the APC have made known their stance.
Another Senator-elect, while supporting Mandiya’s earlier claim, added that President Buhari is in support of the party’s position.
The ninth assembly is expected to be inaugurated in June, this year.