President Muhammedu Buhari, on Thursday, pulled off a major political feat, when he got former Gombe State Governor, Danjuma Goje to give up his ambition for the choice of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for the position, Ahmad Lawan, as the next Nigerian Senate President.
Who takes up the position of the Ninth National Assemby, premus inter pares, at the upper legislative chambers, is now a straight battle Lawan, presently the Leader of the Senate and Ali Ndume, a Senator from Borno State.
This is the latest in the series of twists and turns, as the NASS prepares to pick its principal officers on June 11, with President Muhammadu Buhari, unlike in 2015, playing a direct role to swing victory to his preferred candidate.
The withdrawal by Goje, favoured in some quarters to win the contest, as he is believed not to be sponsored by a godfather, unlike Ahmad, believed to be the candidate of former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of APC, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, was announced on Thursday by Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State.
El-Rufai made the announcement in the company of Lawan, Goje and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters, Ita Enang, shortly after the duo of Ahman and Goje emerged from a meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa.