In an interview with journalists in Lagos on Monday, a former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, has said he will emerge as the Senate President of the Ninth National Assembly.
Ndume said he was confident towards the success of the procedure, because he had the support of his colleagues in the Senate forum and the leaders of the All Progressives Congress.
He noted that he has done all necessary activities that will leads to his success as the Senate President of the Ninth National Assembly and he is not in the race to bargain for juicy position.
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Also he added that no party leader had implored him to step down for anyone, adding that the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, had explained that the party only suggested Senator Ahmad Lawan as the preferred choice for the party and had not imposed him on the senators.
He said, “We have 109 senators and each of them have one vote. If you are contesting to be the Senate President, you have to reach out. But at the beginning, I was cautious because I am a party man. So, when the party said ‘don’t go there,’ I did not.
“But the party came out again and said, ‘You can reach out to them now,’ so I reached out to them.
“So far, the response I am getting from my colleagues from the APC and other parties is very encouraging. I am in this race to win; I am talking to everybody. I have the telephone numbers of all the 109 senators-elect and I call them.
“I have written the party, indicating my intention to contest. Even my national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, publicly said they only recommended Lawan and not that they are stopping anybody.
“As I speak with you, nobody has consulted me to say ‘don’t run for Senate President’. Everybody has the constitutional right to do that.”
Ndume, who is known to represents Borno South in the Senate, has promised to improve upon the performance of the Eighth Senate and to make the office of the Senate President less attractive by dropping the unnecessary privileges which is close to the office.
The third- time Senator, while promising to uphold the independence of the legislative arm of government, affirmed to “work harmoniously and inter-dependently with the executive without undermining the principle of separation of power.”
The lawmaker disclosed that the North-East also deserved a lucid representative as Senate President, adding that the stipulated region had suffered huge damage with property worth over N2tn destroyed by insurgents.
Ndume, who noted that if the opportunity is given to him, he would not compromise the independence of the legislature, added that his chances of becoming the next Senate President were clear.