An aspirant for the 10th Senate presidency, Senator Sani Musa, has said he has not withdrawn from the race contrary to reports that northern aspirants had stepped down for their southern colleagues.
Musa, who is representing Niger East senatorial district, made the clarification in a statement yesterday, saying the report of his withdrawal from the race was not the true position of the situation on ground.
Musa said the only condition that could make him step down is if the leadership of the All Progressives Congress decided to zone the presiding officer’s positions to other zones apart from the North Central.
He said, “My attention has been drawn to the story that I have shelved my aspiration to be elected as a presiding officer in the 10th National Assembly.
“I guessed it is the imagination of the writer of that newspaper’s story.
“I am still in the race and will only decide otherwise if the zoning arrangement of our great party, the APC, did not favour my zone for the office of the President of the Senate or the deputy.
“I appeal to my Distinguished Senators-elect, my constituents and the general public to remain steadfast and be hopeful for a united and robust 10th National Assembly that will be an independent and committed partner to our incoming administration,” he added.