The governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has said that he will not defy the All Progressives Congress (APC) choice of Ahmad Lawan for the position of Senate President even though Lawan’s main challenger, Ali Ndume, is his kinsman.
While hosting the ‘Ahmad Lawan for Senate President Group’ at his Abuja residence, Shettima urged APC members to maintain discipline and respect the party’s positions on the leadership of the national assembly.
What Shettima said:
- “I am the first citizen of the state and I have consulted widely with our leaders from Borno before resolving to back Sen. Ahmad Lawan.”
- “I hail from the same state with the distinguished Sen. Ali Ndume and I appreciate the fact that politics is local. But politics is also national.”
- “I fully align with the aspiration of my party, and by the grace of God we are going to mobilize all our goodwill to see that we are fully on board.”
- “We are for Senator Ahmad Lawan. We are for Femi Gbajabiamila and all other senators and other House of Representatives members endorsed by the party.”
Bottomline: The implication of Shettima’s endorsement is two-fold.
- As a senator-elect, Shettima is actually eligible to vote in the election for senate president. That means an extra vote for Lawan.
- As the outgoing governor of Ndume’s home state, and with the incoming governor also in his camp, Shettima’s endorsement deals a psychological blow to Ndume’s aspirations.