The Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan, denied reports in some sections of the media that he has declared interest in contesting for the office of the nation’s number three citizen during the forthcoming inauguration of the 10th National Assembly.
There have been rumours that the outgoing Senate President has joined the array of aspirants vying for the exalted office, to serve a second term in office.
But Lawan, in a statement he personally signed and made available to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, said he was part of the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, that agreed on the zoning arrangements and would, therefore, never go against such arrangements.
The Senate President emphasised that he has never told anyone or held a meeting with anyone that he wants to or has joined the race for the Presidency of the 10th Senate and, therefore, urged the public to discountenance the reports.
The statement reads: “I have read some media reports that I have joined the race for the Presidency of the 10th Senate.
“Ordinarily I would not have responded to these reports, but when lies are not refuted, they have the tendency to create an illusion of truth.
“The truth is that I have never told anyone or held a meeting with anyone that I am running for the Presidency of the 10th Senate. So the public should discountenance the reports.
“The fact remains that I am part of the leadership of our great party, the APC, seeking to find solutions to the numerous issues arising from the contests for the leadership of the 10th National Assembly, and I will continue to remain focused on that.”
It would be recalled that Lawan had last year contested the presidential primary election of the APC, where he came fourth after the winner and now President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi (in second position), and the outgoing vice president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who was third in the contest.