Prominent Northern leader, Dr. Bashir Lamido says the alliance of former governors Abdulaziz Yari and Orji Uzor Kalu as presiding officers of the 10th Senate has made it easier to win the Senate leadership election.
He said Yari/Kalu joint ticket is more formidable to win, adding that the two leaders would compliment and help President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to succeed in office.
Lamido in a chat with newsmen on Wednesday morning in Abuja urged Tinubu and senators-elect to support the emergence of Yari and Kalu, describing the joint ticket as the best for the 10th Senate.
He stated that members of the Senate Democratic Caucus (SDC), a group of Senators opposed to imposition in the Legislative arm of government has the winning numbers disclosing that the group has adopted Yari and Kalu as its preferred leaders of the 10th Senate.
He appealed to Nigerians especially leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to support Yari and Kalu to succeed, noting that the duo would compliment Tinubu to deliver on his campaign promises to Nigerians.
He described the duo as calm and intelligent men, who have the needed acceptability, national appeal and legislative experience for the positions.
According to him, Yari and Kalu, from their track record, experience and acceptability, shows that they are core parliamentarians and leaders, who over the years took their jobs seriously.
While noting that the duo’s achievements have placed them above others, he further appealed to other aspirants to withdraw from the race and support Yari and Kalu.
He added that in addition to their experience and national acceptability, Yari and Kalu have what it takes to help President Bola Ahmed Tinubu stabilise the nation, strengthen the All Progressives Congress (APC) and unite Nigerians irrespective of tribe, ethnicity or religion.
He said, “The time when lawmakers will elect the next leadership of the National Assembly is almost here. As a prominent Northern leader, I decided to join the Senate Democratic Project because I believe it is the best for the Senate. Yari, Kalu ticket would be innovative and refreshing. Under their leadership Tinubu would have a vibrant, loyal and trusted Senate. The Senate would be strong, bold and reliable, the APC would flourish and go from strength to strength and the Nigerian people would be the better for it.
“I strongly believe that their emergence would compliment Tinubu. Make the APC and Nigerians proud. I wish them well in this race and they have not only my support but that of millions of other party leaders and supporters. In fact we will deliver materials to the SDC to show our commitment to this project. Even though campaign materials are not needed since it is business of the Senate, we will show our support with enough campaign materials before the inauguration,” he said.