Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has declared support for Senator Ahmad Lawan’s Senate Presidency bid.
Nwaoboshi made this known while briefing Newsmen, in Abuja, on Friday.
He said that from his assessment of all the contenders for the position, Lawan has better credentials.
“In 2015, I made my support clear, that I was going to support the incumbent Senate President, even before other persons came to join, and my prediction came to pass.
“I have called you people again this year to make my position clear, because I believe that after the election, what should have been paramount on our minds is Nigeria.
“Not party, not religious affiliation, but what we think is good for Nigeria.
“To that extent I have been thinking, I have been watching all the Aspirants, and many of them have come to consult with me, speak with me on phone, visited me personally both in the Chamber and outside the Chamber.
“So, I feel it is necessary for me to make my position clear, so that some of these questions people are asking can be resolved.
“Now this is my personal position. When I believe in a cause, I would always work to want to advance that cause.
“For the Senate Presidency, I have made it clear to my friends that I will support Sen. Ahmad Lawan, for the Presidency of the 9th Senate”, he said.
He stated further that, his decision was informed by Lawan’s competence, intelligence, and ability to carry others along, irrespective of party affiliation or ethnicity.
“It is for the following reasons, I have found out that Senator Lawan has been in the Senate for the past 20 years, and as such, he has gathered a lot of legislative experience in the House of Representatives, and in the Senate.
“The President of the Senate is the Chairman of the National Assembly, who ought to understand the workings of both Chambers, and Lawan has experience from both Chambers.
“Also, as a Leader, I found in him competence, intelligence, and he appreciates the views of others, and he listens to better arguments.
“Any Leader who is going to preside on that Chamber, must be able to accommodate other persons, and must be intelligent.
“Make no mistakes, I never supported him in the 8th Senate, and I had my reasons, but I also believe that in this one, I am making a good choice in supporting him”, he said.
He cautioned against unguarded statements that might affect the goodwill the Senators-elect has for Lawan, adding that, it was their prerogative to choose their Leaders.
Nwaoboshi stressed that the Legislature has its mechanism for choosing and removing its Leaders, advising that, rather than handing down instructions, Stakeholders ought to consult with the Lawmakers to be.
He said: “I must give kudos to the APC Deputy Chairman, North, Distinguished Sen. Shuaibu. He made a statement that is consoling, saying leadership must consult and negotiate not to sit in your house and say it must be this person. Nobody is a child.
“That is why you see that even those who support Lawan are withdrawing, especially within my party. In as much as we agree that whoever is going to be Senate President will come from your party, it is not for you to tell us it is this person, or he will never have anything to do with us.
“That is not statesmanly. We are going to choose our Leader, and when we found out that the person is no longer serving the Nigerian people, we have our own mechanism.
“The Senate is made up of men who have distinguished themselves in their various careers. So, you do of sit in your office, or in your high heaven, and dictate to them who is going to be their Leader.
“Most of the resistance that people are seeing, especially in my own party. It is not because someone is questioning Lawan’s competence, that he does not have the experience or intelligence.
“The Senate should be left to choose their Leader.”
On his victory at the Court of Appeal, Nwaoboshi said that he was confident of winning, adding that: “I knew that judgement will not stand.”
He assured that should the matter go up to the Supreme Court, he was sure of victory.