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Shettima snubs kinsman Ndume, backs Lawan for Senate President

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By Toby Prince

Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno State on Monday threw his weight behind Senator Ahmad Lawan for the position of Senate President in the 9th Assembly.

He said that although, Sen. Ali Ndume is his kinsman, but he would not defy the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) decision.

Shettima spoke at his Abuja residence, shortly after the ‘Ahmad Lawan for Senate President Group’ paid him a courtesy visit.

Shettima said that most APC members, particularly from the North, won their elections based on their alliance with President Buhari and should not work against his choice.

“I am the first citizen of the state and I have consulted widely with our leaders from Borno before resolving to back Sen. Ahmad Lawan.

“Most importantly, let us be honest. Muhammadu Buhari is the single candidate in the country that most of us from the North won our election by aligning with him.

“I have very little to say, ordinarily I am not even supposed to come here because there are three things to be combated.

“I hail from the same state with the Distinguished Sen. Ali Ndume and I appreciate the fact that politics is local. But politics is also national.

“I believe the blood that binds us together supersedes whatever we might harbour.

“But I fully align with the aspiration of my party, and by the grace of God we are going to mobilise all our goodwill to see that we are fully on board,” he said.

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