Ali Ndume vows to remain in Senate presidency race

Ali Ndume vows to remain in Senate presidency race

Former Senate leader and key contender for the Senate president, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, has said he would remain in the race till the elections for the 9th National Assembly leadership are conducted, won and lost.

Senator Ndume stated this on Thursday, April 4, while speaking with journalists in Abuja, Leadership reports.

Legit.ng gathers that the senator said his insistence on contesting for Senate president should not be interpreted as a mark of disrespect for his party which has already endorsed Senate leader Ahmed Lawan for the position.

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Senator Ndume said he has the right to aspire and contest for any leadership position in the Senate.

He said: “Let me say that the decision by the party to settle for an individual instead of zoning the position to a particular geopolitical zone and also consulting or allowing the senators from that zone to decide who among them they prefer as Senate president, is not a healthy democratic development."

According to the senator, the position of APC on who emerges as Senate president cannot stand as it did not follow due process.

Legit.ng previously reported that a group of concerned Borno stakeholders denied the rumour trending on social media suggesting that Senators Mohammed Ali Ndume and Danjuma Goje, had withdrawn from the Senate presidency race following a purported meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

The news which went viral in some social media platforms had generated serious reactions especially in Borno state where one of the top contenders for the Senate seat, Ndume comes from.

Reacting to the social media rumour, some group of concerned Borno citizens led by a prominent Borno figure and top federal civil servant, Samaila Ville, told a select journalists in Maiduguri that the news being spread on social media “was mischievous and fake".

He said they were surprised to see the post on social media that ''our son, Senator Ndume had withdrawn from the Senate race after he and the former governor of Gombe state, Danjuma Goje, had met with the president.

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“Though we did not believe the news, but we still had to check with Senator Ndume who had just left for Abuja to ascertain the veracity of such wicked rumour. And his response was in the negative that he had never, not even for once, contemplated backing out of the Senate race.

“We know that the rumour was fake; and we want to categorically tell it to the world, that the race for the presidency of the 9th senate is not all about Senator Ndume; but a collective decision. It all started locally from here; we are the ones that asked him to run after we had massively voted for him for the third time as senator representing Borno south."

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