Confusion Hits PDP Senators’ Caucus Over Goje’s Withdrawal From Senate Presidency Race

Feelers from the PDP Senators caucus appears to reveal that the camp has been thrown into confusion over the

withdrawal of Senator Danjuma Goje from the race for the number 3 position in the land.

You will recall that Senator Danjuma Goje made a decision to back down from the race and endorse the candidature of Senator Ahmed Lawan who is being backed by the APC officially.

Both Goje and Lawan were jostling for the number 3 position  before Goje’s meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday along with Governor Nasir el-Rufai.

Investigations according to Punch Newspapers reveal that most of the PDP lawmakers-elect in the upper chamber had been routing for the party to endorse the candidature of Danjuma Goje but his withdrawal at this time is coming as a major upset.

The PDP leadership is expected to decide what direction their members are to vote when the house meet to elect their leaders. The PDP currently has 44 members in the 9th Senate.

According to the Punch report, indications emerged on Friday that there is already division among the PDP caucau on who exactly they should adopt when five senators elected on the party’s platform attended an event in Abuja where Lawan unfolded his agenda.

The PDP lawmakers in attendance, who also pledged their support for Lawan, were  the Chairman, Senate Committee on Public Accounts, Senator Mathew Uroghide (Edo),  and Clifford Odia also from Edo State.

Others were  Abba Moro (Benue), Gershom Bassey (Cross River) and Lawali Anka (Zamfara).

The PDP Senator representing Delta North, Peter Nwaoboshi, had earlier told reporters that he would vote for Lawan in accordance with the directive of his constituents.

Two of the PDP senators-elect told one of our correspondents on condition of anonymity that their decision to support Lawan was personal and in line with the aspirations of their constituents.

They also confirmed that the party’s caucus was divided over the issue.

One of them said, “Our decision to support Lawan is in the overall interest of Nigerians. We need to move the country forward and it is better to elect a leader who has the backing of the party and the Presidency.

“Lawan has been able to convince us that the nation’s parliament will not be a rubber stamp under his leadership and we believe him. I think it is better to have a smooth relationship between the executive and the legislature in the best interest of our people.”

Moro said the support for Lawan was based on his (Moro’s) conviction that Lawan had the best agenda.

He admitted that the leadership of the PDP had yet to take a decision on the matter.

He said, “We are still expecting a position from the PDP. I am a senator-elect of the PDP and whatever opinion I am expressing now as a member of the party is personal to me.

“I can assure you that the PDP as an organised body will definitely make a statement and take a position on it.”

Asked if he would defy his party and support Lawan if the PDP  directs its 44 members to vote for another candidate , Moro said, “When we come to the river, we would cross the bridge.

“I am supporting Lawan because he has a very good resume. He is one of the longest serving legislators in this country and the Leader of the Senate. He is the best candidate for this job, for now.”

Further investigations revealed that other PDP senators already supporting Lawan would make their position know via the ballot on Tuesday, June 11.

Source: Punch

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