The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has dismissed reports that he is nursing plans to run for president in 2023.
In a statement on Saturday by his Special Adviser on Media, Ola Awoniyi, the Senate President denied the reports.
The denial stems from an online report on Friday titled “Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, Begins Underground Moves To Contest 2023 Presidential Election.”
The report noted “that consultations were ongoing among major stakeholders in the party to make Lawan’s goal to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in office a reality.
“Lawan is making moves for presidency in 2023 and this may be his first ambition in that direction.
“He is a proponent of North-East producing the next President and that is his agenda if the zoning favours the region.
“Though there are divergent views in the party as many are pushing for it to be zoned to the South,” the source said.
Awoniyi stated: “It is true that the Senate President was involved in the consultations that President Muhammadu Buhari held prior to the last emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
“But there was nothing extraordinary in his involvement in such consultations, given his status as holder of one of the highest political offices in Nigeria and on the platform of the APC.
“Such is required of any concerned member of the party, it is therefore, sheer mischief for anyone to read ulterior motives to the Senate President joining hands with the President and other leaders in resolving misunderstandings in their own party.
“We will like to stress that the Senate President’s preoccupation is advancing the agenda of the Ninth National Assembly to focus governance on the pursuit of the best interests of the Nigerian people and to support President Buhari in delivering his promises to Nigerians.”
The statement acknowledged that, “it is premature for anybody to be talking now about 2023 when all hands should be on deck against the myriad of challenges that faces our nation in this period.
“The Senate President does not suffer such needless distractions as imputed by the false report under reference.
“He believes that it is premature for anybody to be talking now about 2023 when all hands should be on deck against the myriad of challenges bedeviling our nation at this period.”