9th Senate: Pro-Ndume senators insist on secret ballot

9th Senate: Pro-Ndume senators insist on secret ballot

- Some senators-elect of the APC backing Senator Ali Ndume have insisted on open secret ballot for the election of presiding officers of the 9th National Assembly

- The senators said it is insulting for some of their colleagues to be canvassing for open ballot voting system for the election

- They declared that the APC leadership by its utterances was sending wrong signals to the legislators on the leadership tussle

Some senators-elect of the All Progressives Congress (APC) backing Senator Ali Ndume have insisted on open secret ballot for the election of presiding officers of the ninth National Assembly.

Ndume representing Borno south senatorial district is one of two APC senators insisting on contesting for Senate presidency despite the party's endorsement of Senator Ahmad Lawan.

The other senator contesting is Danjuma Goje, a former governor of Gombe state and senator representing Gombe central senatorial district.

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The senators, who spoke with ThisDay newspaper on Monday, April 15, said it is insulting for some of their colleagues to be canvassing for open ballot voting system for the election of presiding officers.

Two of them routing for Ndume declared that the APC leadership by its utterances was sending wrong signals to the legislators on the leadership tussle.

One of the senators from the north-east said: “We are for Ndume and no amount of threat can change our position. Let’s just wait and see until our inauguration in June.”

Meanwhile, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators-elect have kicked against the candidacy of Senator Ahmad Lawan for the incoming 9th National Assembly Senate president seat.

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and senator-elect Gabriel Suswam, in separate interviews, rejected what they called, the imposition of Lawan on the Nigerian parliament by the ruling APC.

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In separate interviews, some PDP senators vowed to give block votes for any APC candidate who will not be seen as a "rubber stamp" of the Executive arm of government, and can protect the independence of the legislature.

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