Senate President Lawan denies endorsing South-West for 2023 presidency

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Senator Ahmad Lawan, President of the 9th Senate.

Ahmad Lawan, President of the 9th Senate, has denied endorsing the South-West for 2023 presidency.

There were reports at the weekend that the top lawmaker endorsed power shift to the Yoruba predominantly region.

Some party chieftains in the All Progressive Congress (APC) are of the opinion that the North must retain power beyond 2023 when the second term of President Muhammadu Buhari winds down.

While some of the members of the ruling party has kicked against the plot to retain power in the North, some individuals considered influential in the geo-political zone are backing the plot.

While denying supporting the controversial issue of power shift to the South, the leader of the national assembly denied the statement credited to him, saying it was a party chieftain, Ahmed Lawal, whom he went to visit at the weekend made the statement. The names of the duo are similar to each other.

While the Senate President goes by the name Ahmad Lawan, the Secretary of the party in Adamawa State who made the comment is named Ahmed Lawal.

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Please kindly note that this statement being credited to the President of the Senate, Distinguished Senator Ahmad Lawan was made by the Secretary of Adamawa APC who goes by the name Ahmed Lawal. Emphasis on Ahmed Lawal,” the office of the top lawmaker said in a tweet on Monday.

Moments later the top lawmaker through his personal twitter handle denied the statement credited to him.

“My attention has been drawn to a statement circulating on various media platforms credited to me as saying that power must shift to the South West in 2023. This is a misrepresentation of fact and identity,” Lawan tweeted Monday morning.

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“The statement is said to have been made by the Secretary of Adamawa State APC, Ahmed Lawan, who incidentally bears similar name with me. The public should please take note,” he added.