- A political analyst, Mock Samuel Kure, has weighed in on the battle for Senate presidency in the incoming 9th National Assembly
- Kure dismissed the ambition of former Senate Majority Leader, Ali Ndume, to emerge Senate president
- According to him, the APC need not to be scared of Senator Ndume, rather be wary of Senator Danjuma Goje
A political analyst, Mock Samuel Kure, has weighed in on the battle for Senate presidency in the 9th National Assembly.
Kure in an interview with Leadership newspaper, stated that one of the front-runners in the race, Senator Ali Ndume, lacks the maturity required to be Senate president.
According to him, the All Progressives Congress (APC) need not to be scared of Senator Ndume’s rabble rousing, adding that the party should rather be wary of Senator Danjuma Goje.
The APC had endorsed Senator Ahmad Lawan from Yobe state for the position. But, Ndume and Goje, both APC members, had also declared interest in the seat, and continued their campaigns ahead of the race.
Kure said: “Distinguished Senator Danjuma Goje, the erstwhile two-term governor of Gombe state has equally mooted the idea of becoming Nigeria’s number three citizen. Even though he hasn’t been confrontational with his party like Senator Ndume, he has been keeping his cards close to his chest.
“Senator Goje is the greatest threat to APC’s quest to install their ‘yes man’ as the Senate president. For him to have been made the appropriation committee chairman, you don’t need a soothsayer to tell you that he played a critical role in the emergence of Bukola Saraki as the President of the Senate in the 8th Assembly.
“One good turn, they say, deserves another. This is the time Saraki would pay him back by rallying his men in the Senate to support his aspiration.
“As a former governor on the platform of the PDP, I foresee the PDP senators supporting Senator Danjuma Goje. He is likely going to be fair to them compared to Ahmad Lawan that will implement the decision of the APC to deny them juicy committees.
“Most former governors that served the same time with Goje and the new ones whether in APC or PDP would naturally support him.”
For Ndume, Kure said, he lacks the maturity required of a Senate President, adding that, “His fight against Saraki in the 8th Senate and his recent war of words with the leaders of his party, the APC, have succeeded in putting him between the devil and the deep blue sea.
“He is the greatest distraction to Senator Ahmad Lawan. I don’t see Ndume emerging as the next Senate president.”
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.
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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