- Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume seems to be getting support from different quarters in his quest to be the next Senate president
- A group, National Coalition In Defense of Democracy, has identified with the Borno senator's ambition
- The group charged the leadership of the APC to create a level playing field for all those qualified to contest
A group, National Coalition In Defense of Democracy, has warned that the 9th National Assembly must avoid the needless executive-legislative rancor that plagued the out-going 8th Assembly, stressing that Nigeria experienced setback in terms of project implementation due to past disagreements.
Making a case for the candidature of Mohammed Ali Ndume as the Senate president of the 9th National Assembly, the coalition insisted that the Borno senator's sense of reasoning and antecedents will ensure the right environment for delivery of dividends democracy promised by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Addressing journalists in Abuja on Monday, April 8. the coalition’s national coordinator, Ambassador Auwal Alhassan Gama charged the leadership of the APC to create a level playing field for all those qualified to contest so as to give all a sense of belonging in the determination of the Senate leadership.
Gama said: “The forum observed among other things that one of the reasons why the present government under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari did not meet up the expectations of many Nigerians in the areas of infrastructure and human development was a result of the sour relationship between the executive and the legislative arms of government.
“This has created setbacks in the areas of non-full implementation of the budget and alteration on key intended project by the government.
“The decision to call for support for Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume’s emergence as the next Senate president is born out of our desire for a healthy working relationship between the executives and the legislature for a better delivery of democratic dividends.
“It is our believe that he will bring his matured sense of reasoning, experience and fear of God into play as the chairman of the National Assembly. He is one politician we know and trust will unite all interest in the National Assembly.
“While we salute the courage and goodwill of the presidency in allowing the independent of all arms of government to run its activities independently, it is equally important for all stakeholders including the APC National Working Committee to provide a level playing ground for all its members at the north eastern part of the country who deemed it fit to contest.”
Meanwhile, recent media reports indicates that Senators Danjuma Goje and Ndume, have commenced discussion as regards their ambition to be the next Senate President.
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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