- Former Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume has formally declared his interest in the Senate presidency
- The Borno state senator made his intention known on Monday, March 25
- Ndume wrote to the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to express his interest
Former Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, on Monday, March 25, formally wrote the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) about his intention to vie for the office of Senate President when the 9th Senate is inaugurated in June.
In a two-page letter dated Monday, March 25 addressed to APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Ndume announced his intention to run for the office and sought the blessing of the party to contest for the position.
The senator representing Borno south senatorial district, said he is throwing his hat into the ring believing that the Senate president position would be zoned to the north-east geo-political zone where he hails from.
According to him, the decision to seek election into the exalted office was borne out of his desire to help accelerate socioeconomic development of the nation.
Part of the letter read: “Following the successful conduct of the 2019 general election and the overwhelming victory of our great party the APC at all levels, I hereby forward my letter of intent to contest for the office of the President of the Senate in the 9th National Assembly.
“I wish to emphasize that my decision to contest for the Senate Presidency is informed by my conviction to contribute my quota to nation building, my vast legislative experience and my deep desire to take Nigeria to the next level of development.”
He said calls from respected party (members) both within the north-east and other parts of the country have encouraged his aspiration.
“For these reasons and more, I wish to forward myself for the blessings of the party, my colleagues in the Senate and fellow Nigerians for the post of the President of the Senate,” he added.
He expressed optimism “that the party leadership will see the desired wisdom in zoning the Senate Presidency to the north-east due to our sterling performance in the 2019 polls, giving the resident the second highest votes cast.”
According to him, the position would enable him to also fulfill the aspirations of the insurgency-ravaged people of the north-east whose respite came with the coming of APC government in 2015.
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Meanwhile, reports have emerged that the leadership of the APC has started mobilising its governors and key chieftains to ensure that the leaderships of both chambers of the National Assembly are core loyalists of the party.
It was gathered that governors elected on the platform of the APC had been advised to work together with senators and House of Representatives members from their state to ensure the party's choices are respected.
The move by the APC is in reaction to a purported plot by the outgoing Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to influence the emergence of a new Senate leadership when the 9th Senate is inaugurated in June, this year.
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