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All Progressives Youth Forum in the country has thrown its weight behind the Senate Presidential ambition of Ahmad Lawan, Yobe North, even as the Zonal and State Youth Leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, cautioned the party over endorsement of any candidate for the 9th Senate Presidency or Speakership of the House of Representatives.

The Forum declared its support for Lawan yesterday at his Campaign Headquarters in Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

Speaking on behalf of the Forum, its chairman, Mr. Ife Adebayo said “as far as the presidency of the 9th Senate is concerned, Senator Ahmad Lawan is the round peg that can perfectly fit into the round hole going by his track record of performance in the Parliament within the last twenty years”.

According to him, aside parliamentary experience that cannot be matched by any other contender for the position, Senator Lawan also stands out in intellectual capacity, being a PhD holder in Remote Sensing.

“We of the Progressive Youth Forum, identify with your highly welcome aspiration and appeal to all Senators – elect across party lines to rally round you for development – driven leadership of the 9th Senate and by extension, 9th National Assembly devoid of unnecessary rancour with the executive”, he said.

In his response, Senator Ahmad Lawan flanked by his fellow senators-elect, thanked the youths for their support and promised not to let them and other Nigerians down, if eventually emerged as President of the 9th Senate.

He disabused the minds of those insinuating that Senate under him as President , would be a rubber stamp one, saying “separation of powers among the three arms of government is all about specialisation of functions and not acrimonious competition or rivalry in governance”.

“If as President of the 9th Senate, leading the Senate and by extension, the National Assembly in constructive engagements with other arms of government particularly the executive, for beneficial and practical delivery of dividends of democracy to the Nigerian masses, is what is called rubber stamp, so be it”, he said.

He added that the envisioned 9th Senate and by extension, the 9th National Assembly will be an all inclusive one for all federal lawmakers-elect irrespective of their political parties.

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