By Musa Adamu and Ikechukwu Okaforadi
Senator Ahmed Lawan, the All Progressives Congress (APC) choice for the position of the Senate President, had declared that he was committed to a stable and inclusive 9th Senate.
He stated this in reaction to a story carried by a national daily suggesting that he had snubbed the leadership of the APC by meeting Senators and leadership of the opposition PDP.
Chairman of the APC, Adams Oahiomhole had declared that the party does not need the help of opposition to coner leadership positions in the National Assembly.
In a statement issued b Sen Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, spokesman, Senator Ahmad Lawan for Senate President Group, the Senate Leader said although it not true that he met the Governors of the opposition PDP he was not averse to inclusive Senate.
He maintained that he remains committed to the principle of inclusion for all Senators-elect regardless of party affiliation.
“This position stems from our posture which believes that nation building is a task for all Nigerians irrespective of tribe, religion, party or other sentiments.
“In demonstrating this, the Senator Lawan for Senate President Group had rounds of interactions with Senators-Elect from APC, PDP and YPP during the just concluded orientation program for elected members of the 9th National Assembly.
“As interactions continue, we hope to continue to interface with Senators-Elect from the various political parties with a view to giving Nigerians a leadership in the 9th National Assembly that considers national interest a top priority.”