Northern youths, under the aegis of Joint Consultative Forum of Northern Youth Groups, on Tuesday supported the choice of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Ahmed Lawan, as president of the 9th Senate.
According to a communiqué jointly signed by the Director of Media and Publication, Isah Imam Muhammed and Chairperson, Communique Committee, Zainab Aliyu Sabon-Birni, read after their meeting on Tuesday in Kaduna, the youth said Senator Lawan is best suited for the position due to his experience at the National Assembly since 1999 and pedigree as Senate Leader for the last four years.
“This is the communique issued after a one day exhaustive deliberations meeting of the Joint Consultative Forum of Northern Youth Groups’ affiliate members from the 19 Northern States and Abuja held on 23 April, 2019 at Arewa House, Kaduna. The deliberations centered on the effort being made to produce the leaderships of the 9th national Assembly. “The Forum did a careful evaluation of all the contenders for the coveted seat of the Senate President and found all of them to be distinguished Senators of impeccable character, with the experience and wherewithal to give a credible leadership in the 9th Senate. “However, the Forum observed that it can only be fair and in line with conventions, to choose one among all the contending Senators, who we believe has the experience, knowledge, foresight, aura and charisma to provide the kind of leadership in the 9th Senate that will lead to a much better Nigeria.
The Forum therefore, unanimously align itself with the quest of Senator Ahmed Lawan from Yobe state to be the President of the 9th Senate. “Senator Ahmed Lawan, after a careful study by the Forum, is the most ranking Senator, most experienced and knowledgeable from the region. He has been in the National Assembly since return to democratic rule in 1999. He grew through the ranks from a member of the House of Representatives where he served two terms, to the Senate where he has remained consistent till date.
“He is the incumbent Senate Leader who chairs several of the Senate committees without any blemish in the past and member of numerous other committees. “Senator Lawan is known for his party loyalism; he has never defected from his political party, and we believe he would never encourage others to do same to destabilize their party and cause national unrest as seen in the past. So, even the opposition should be supporting him as a leader in their own interest. “These attest to the fact that Senator Ahmed Lawan is not only respected and adored at his home state, but he is a lawmaker who his people and immediate constituency relied upon for proactive leadership. Given the Senator’s experience, pedigree and his impeccable credentials over the years, it is pertinent to state that Senator Lawan cannot be anybody’s stooge as a Senate President. “The Forum strongly believed that the insinuation in some quarters that he would be remote controlled by unseen hands is false and cheap blackmail that holds no water. Senator Lawan enjoys a lot of respect from the executive arm of government which is a good signal of a harmonious working relationship between the two arms of government in the next dispensation.
“The Forum appeals to other aspirants to see reason and rally round Senator Ahmed Lawan who has the capacity to lead the 9th Senate for the benefit of Nigeria and Nigerians. Every party member should be loyal to the party and support this development in the interest of peace and unity,” the Northern youth group stated.