The Buhari-Osinbajo North East Support Groups have endorsed Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume's quest to be the next Senate President in the 9th National Assembly.
The groups said they are confident that Ndume-led National Assembly will collaborate with the Executive to take Nigeria to the next level.
The groups in a statement signed by their coordinator, Hon. Salisu Sabo said supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari and APC stakeholders from the six states in the North-east are canvassing for Senator Ndume.
Sabo said Ndume is the most experienced senator from the North-east with capacity to lead a National Assembly that will deliver the ideologies of the APC to the people.
“Senator Ali Ndume is a high ranking senator who has accumulated a lot of experience in the National Assembly as Minority Leader in the House of Representative and Majority Leader in the 8th Senate who is a core Buharist.
“The office of the Senate president requires a sharp and cerebral mind who has an institutional memory of the working of the legislature at all levels and promotion of multi-sectoral and stakeholders partnerships to facilitate sound legislation for good governance,” Sabo said.
The groups insisted that Nigeria needs a Senate president that is seen to be associated with popular aspirations and at the same time address national issues from the point of view of a statesman.
“We therefore call on all the distinguished senators-elect to vote Senator Ali Ndume as President of the 9th Senate, not just for the urgent task of the state healing and reconciliation but also towards the equally big task of stability, progress and justice to all irrespective of social, ethnic and religious background,” the statement said.
They hailed Ndume for giving political recognition to the North-east, “especially though constructive engagement with the Executive in the handling of insurgency having built and sustained bridges across the various stakeholders within our national polity and internationally.”
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Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the APC, have been cautioned against subjecting the control of the National Assembly to certain individuals.
This was the position of the senator representing Abia South senatorial district, Enyinnaya Abaribe, who is also a member of the PDP. Abaribe said the parliament will not sit back and allow anyone impose presiding officers, insisting that only elected senators, who are duly certified, would vote when the time comes.
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