The All Progressives Congress (APC) may have failed in its bid to convince Sen. Ali Ndume to step down for Ahmad Lawan in the race for the Senate Presidency.
Sunday Punch reports that the party leaders had met and agreed to meet Ndume over the tussle for the leadership of the senate.
A senator reportedly said a group of Pro-Lawan senators-elect, who travelled to Maiduguri on Friday, returned to Abuja on Saturday evening without achieving their mission.
He said the group of senators had planned to meet Governor Kashim Shettima, also a senator-elect, but were disappointed when they could not meet with him.
The senator said, “The governor, who was probably aware of the Pro-Lawan senators’ visit, travelled out of the country before their arrival.
“The lawmakers decided to meet the deputy governor, who is not a stakeholder in the project. During the brief session, the deputy governor told the lawmakers that Shettima had travelled to Saudi Arabia.”
The pro-Lawan senators-elect would have used the opportunity of their visit to convince Shettima on the need to respect the choice of the party by supporting Lawan.
Sabi Abdullahi, who is the spokesperson for the Lawan group, has denied the information, saying the source was misleading.
He, however, confirmed that 13 senators including Lawan were in Maiduguri for the wedding of Lawan’s niece and to condole with the family over the death of her father.
Some of the senators-elect on the trip are: Abdullahi, Bala Na’Allah, Jibril Barau, Ifeanyi Ubah, Opeyemi Bamidele, Adamu Aliero, Adeola Olamilekan and Musa Sani.