By Henry Umoru
AHEAD of the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly and election of presiding officers, there is palpable fear over the issue of protest vote in the camp of the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, All Progressives Congress, APC, Yobe North.
The confusion, as gathered, came because of rumoured protest vote by senators in favour of former Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, APC, Borno South.
The reported protest vote plan was said to have originated from the reservations expressed by many stakeholders in the ruling party who had faulted the manner in which Lawan was announced as the endorsed candidate of the APC for the Senate President.
It was gathered that on the day of election of the Senate President, a sizeable number of APC senators, mostly from the northern part of the country, plan to vote for a different candidate other than the one the APC leaders have endorsed.
According to the source, the uncertainty, confusion and discomfort is in the camp of the caucus of the APC in the Senate because of insinuations that some of its members have concluded arrangements to abandon the party’s decision that Lawan be elected as next Senate President.
Lawan’s camp has, however, ruled out such fear, declaring, “Everyone is committed to the course”.
As part of moves to dispel the rumour that became an issue at the National Assembly last week, Lawan’s campaign camp was said to have hurriedly put in place a dinner where about 30 senators-elect attended.
It was, however, gathered that some of the senators-elect who attended the dinner were there to spy for an opponent of Lawan.
Speaking at the dinner, Lawan, who noted that everybody in the camp was committed to the APC agenda, prayed for God’s intervention to make his Senate Presidency aspiration a reality.