Senate Presidency: No one can force Ndume to abandon his ambition - Associates

Senate Presidency: No one can force Ndume to abandon his ambition - Associates

- The race for the presidency of the 9th Senate continues to gather momentum

- One of the front-line contenders in the race, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume is trudging on in his quest to lead the upper chamber

- Ndume’s close associates stated emphatically that no amount of threat from any quarters will stop him from realising his ambition

One of the front-line contenders in the race to lead the 9th Senate, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, has intensified his campaign.

Ndume representing Borno south senatorial district, insists on contesting for the position despite the All Progressives Congress (APC) endorsement of Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan.

Sources close to the camp of Ndume, who is also a former Senate Leader, however, told ThisDay that in spite of the tough talk of the APC, the Borno senator would not give up on his ambition to become the next Senate president.

Ndume camp said no intimidation from any quarter can force the three-time senator to abandon his ambition that had received the blessings of APC leaders in his senatorial district and the two other senatorial districts in Borno.

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One of the sources close to him said: “Don’t forget that he was the first aspirant to write the APC leadership of his intention to vie for the position of Senate president.”

It was also learnt that Ndume had since stepped up his consultations with all necessary stakeholders, including senators-elect across party lines and members of APC National Working Committee (NWC) on the need for them to support him.

Ndume’s close associates stated emphatically that no amount of threat from any quarters will stop him from realising his ambition “as he is presently looking up to God in his pursuant of what is right.”

The pro-Ndume group also expressed concern that the adoption of a particular candidate for Senate president does not have the blessing of all NWC members and President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to a ranking APC senator who spoke on condition of anonymity, “I can say authoritatively that the reported adoption of a particular candidate is the agenda of APC national chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, and national leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, while the president and some members of the NWC are not on the same page with the duo on this matter.

“So, what are we saying? They are routing for the candidate because they know he’ll be a stooge and establishment person while Ndume will be independent minded and not be a rubber stamp of the executive. Just let’s just wait and see as events unfold between now and June when the 9th National Assembly will be inaugurated.”

Meanwhile, recent media reports indicates that Senators Danjuma Goje and Ndume, have commenced discussion as regards their ambition to be the next Senate President.

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Goje, a former governor of Gombe state representing Gombe central senatorial district and Ndume are both ranking senators and eyeing the position.

It was gathered that the two lawmakers agreed to consult widely with stakeholders on their interest and may meet again before the week runs out.

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