Shettima’s endorsement is a setback for the aspiration of Senator Ali Ndume who is from Borno State.
Ndume and Lawan are the major contenders for the seat of Senate President.
The governor made his position known shortly after the ‘Ahmad Lawan for Senate President Group’ paid him a courtesy visit at his Abuja residence on Monday.
The governor, who’s also a senator-elect while addressing journalists said the people of his state are behind the aspiration of Lawan.
He said that as a loyal party man, he had chosen to abide by the party’s decision.
Shettima noted that most APC members, particularly from the North, won their elections based on their alliance with President Muhammadu Buhari and should not work against the president’s choice.
“Ndume said his people asked him to contest. But I am the number one citizen of the state. I am not one of the people that asked him to contest.
“Most importantly, let us be honest. Muhammadu Buhari is the single candidate in the country that most of us from the North won our election by aligning with him,” he said.