By Shola Abayomi.
Senator Danjuma Goje has disclosed reasons for halting his pursuit for the Senate Presidency in the ninth Assembly.
Addressing reporters after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Villa today, Senator Goje explained that despite contrary opinions from his supporters and associates, he decided to step down from the race out of loyalty to the president and for the interest of the party.
“I am supporting the party’s position thereby endorsing the candidature of Sen. Lawan.
“I am not compelled to step down; I have been winning my elections many times from local government to House of Assembly to National Assembly to governorship and I was also a minister.
“To say that I have been threatened to support somebody, no. I am supporting Lawan based on my own conviction that I am doing the right thing for our country, for our president,’’ he said.
Senator Ahmed Lawan thanked Danjuma Goje for his endorsement.
He said, “I want to thank Senator Goje, he is a very experienced politician like he has said; he has been in this business much longer than most of us really.
“I respect him; even when there were so many clamours for him to run for the position of the president of the senate, he never came out to publicly to declare.
“I believe that is the way to go, we want to go to the ninth Senate focused and united right from onset, kickstart our activities which is very important at this time.”
Lawan also thanked President Buhari and Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai for making the agreement possible.