Nigeria’s Governor Simon Lalong has endorsed the National Assembly’s leadership choice of President Muhammadu Buhari, for the 9th Assembly, which is also the choice of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), as disclosed earlier in the country’s capital Abuja, by the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
Lalong together with all the ruling party governors and party state chairmen from the northcentral geo-political zone threw their weight behind the candidates of the party for the upper and lower chambers of the country’s legislative arm.
The Plateau State Governor, who disclosed this on Thursday to newsmen after a closed-door meeting of stakeholders from the northcentral zone held at the Plateau State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja, said their decision is in line with the party at the National level.
In a statement sent to Sky News Africa, by the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Lalong on Media and Publicity, Mark Longyen, Lalong also said more deliberation and consultation with the President will continue for other positions in respect to the northcentral geo-political zone.
He said, “A meeting of governors and the party chairmen from North Central today resolved to go along with the decision of the party’s endorsement of Senator Ahmed Lawan as Senate President and Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila as the Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 9th National Assembly.
“Since it was a party affair, our decision was in line with the wish of the party and that is why we the governors and state chairmen of our party from the zone are in support of the decision of the party”.
When asked what the zone stands to gain in the power sharing formula, Lalong further said, “we are still deliberating. We have not exhausted the positions with respect to zoning. Our decision and position are only on two issues, while the rest deliberations are ongoing. There is going to be a continuation of our meeting in respect of positions to the northcentral with both Mr. President and the party”.
According to the statement, the meeting which lasted for more than one hour had in attendance, political big wings from the northcentral, including governors and state party chairmen.