There was confusion in political circles in Abuja on Monday night after a report emerged that Senate President Ahmad Lawan who was told by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to go lick his wound after the All Progressives Congress, APC presidential primaries had again decided to rebel by entering the Senate Leadership contest.
The report that he had entered into the Senate leadership contest in a major newspaper was, however, strongly denied by a number of political stakeholders.
Senator Osita Izunaso who the report claimed was pairing with him to be Deputy Senate President also strongly debunked the claim.
If, however, true, it could be another point of confrontation between Lawan and Tinubu after their rivalry in the APC presidential primaries ended with the now president-elect telling Lawan minutes after he was declared candidate to go lick his wounds.
It could also be seen as an affront after Tinubu had been reported to have endorsed Senator Godswill Akpabio for the position, a development that could have turned the race into a three-way race.
The other major contenders include Abdulazziz Yari and Senator Osita Izunaso. .
A Vanguard report claimed that Senator Osita Izunaso was set to pair with Lawan in the leadership contest. However, Alhaji Kehinde Olaosebikan, the media consultant to the Izunaso campaign debunked the claim on Monday night telling GWG.ng:
“Senator Izunaso is not pairing with Senator Lawan in any way. There is no iota of truth in the publication of him pairing with Ahmad Lawan. Senator Izunaso is in the race to win and he is the next president of the Senate, by the grace of God,” Olaosebikan intoned on Monday.
GWG.ng reports that Lawan was one of the dignitaries who received Tinubu on his return to the country after what was described as a business trip to Europe.
A source close to Lawan in the National Assembly system told GWG.ng on Monday night:
“It is not true I can tell you that if Lawan wants to contest I would be among the first he would tell. He is not in the race and I know he is backing one of the aspirants.”
Another senator close to Ahmad Lawan was also said to have repudiated the claim of his bid for the office of Senate President.