Saturday, June 8, 2019

Senate presidency: Goje’s withdrawal divides PDP caucus

Senator Danjuma Goje’s decision to withdraw from the Senate presidency race to back his All Progressives Congress colleague, Senator Ahmed Lawan, has allegedly caused division among the Peoples Democratic Party senators-elect.

Goje and Lawan were in the race alongside their APC colleague, Ali Ndume, but  Goje decided to endorse Lawan after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday.

Investigations by Punch correspondents revealed that the majority of the PDP lawmakers-elect in the Red Chamber had been pushing for Goje’s adoption by the PDP  for the position before the former Gombe State governor announced his withdrawal.

Meanwhile, the  National Working Committee of the PDP is expected to decide whether their  44 members-elect to the 9th  Senate should cast their votes for one candidate or vote according to their conscience at the end of their ongoing consultations with the lawmakers.