- Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume's ambition to be the next Senate president is gaining momentum
- There are strong indications that no fewer than 35 senators from the ruling APC, are backing the former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume
- The lawmakers are reportedly angry with the leadership of the party over its decision to impose Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan without recourse to them
There are strong indications that no fewer than 35 senators from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), are backing former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume to clinch the seat of Senate president for the 9th Assembly.
The lawmakers are reportedly angry with the leadership of the party over its decision to impose Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan without recourse to them.
The lawmakers are also said to be angry over an alleged comment by Senator Lawan, saying all the APC state governors have donated their senators to him to ensure his victory.
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One of the senators-elect said, “We are not happy over claims by Lawan that APC governors have donated their Senators-elect to him in order to realise his Senate Presidency.
“Even they have gone ahead to share the juicy committees to senators-elect that are favourable to the imposition.”
The lawmakers said they disliked attempts to intimidate and harass some of them with using the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC); adding that they have uncovered plans by the party to plant spies in the gallery of the chamber to monitor the elections.
The lawmakers rooting for Ndume are mostly incoming senators and a few former governors who feel slighted by the bullying tendencies of the national chairman, Comrade Adam Oshiomhole.
A few of the lawmakers have asked the party to retrace its steps to avoid the pitfall of 2015 when it lost the seat of Deputy Senate Presidency to the main opposition.
Meanwhile, 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.
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Making a case for the candidature of 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 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.
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