Less than four weeks to the inauguration of ninth Senate, a group of All Progressives Congress senators have thrown their weight behind the candidature of Senator Danjuma Goje for the Senate Presidency.
The group, Independent Group, was formed to counter the candidacy of Senator Ahmad Lawan, who was unilaterally announced by the leadership of the APC, with the backing of President Muhammadu Buhari, as the choice for Senate presidency.
According to a source in the National Assembly, the talks were still being held among key stakeholders in the group.
It was further learnt that the group draws support from both chambers of the National Assembly, with the intention of equally producing the next Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The camp of APC senators campaigning for Lawan for the presidency of the next Senate has begun moves to persuade the APC leadership to change its decision on restriction of committee chairmanship positions to only APC senators.
A member of the group, who is a re-elected senator, told The Guardian that the hard decision, as announced by APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, a few weeks ago, has been posing a big obstacle to the Lawan campaign.