- Governor Kashim Shettima has said that the people of Borno will prevail on Senator Ali Ndume to step down in the Senate presidency race
- Governor Shettima who is the senator-elect of Borno central senatorial district, is currently the political leader of Borno state
- The governor said he believed as loyal party members, APC lawmakers should respect the decision of the party
Governor Kashim Shettima has said that the people of Borno will prevail on Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume to step down for Senate Majority Leader, Ahmad Lawan.
Ndume representing Borno south senatorial district is one of two All Progressives Congress (APC) senators insisting on contesting for Senate presidency despite the party's endorsement of Lawan.
The other senator contesting is Danjuma Goje, a former governor of Gombe state and senator representing Gombe central senatorial district.
Governor Shettima said he believed as loyal party members, they should respect the decision of the party in the adoption of Lawan to be the next Senate president.
Speaking to journalists when the Lawan campaign team visited him at his Abuja residence on Monday, April 15, the governor said the Senate Leader was the most qualified APC senator for the seat.
His words: “We are not at war with Senator Ali Ndume; he is my kinsman but we will continue impressing on him to align himself with the aspiration of the party. We are not at war.
“Ordinarily, I am not even supposed to come here because there are three things to be combated. I hail from the same state with the distinguished Senator Ali Ndume, and I appreciate the fact that politics is local. But politics is also national.
“I believe the blood that binds us together supersedes whatever we might harbour. But I fully align with the aspiration of my party, to the aspiration of President Muhammadu Buhari and by the grace of God, we are going to mobilize all our goodwill to see that we are fully on board.
“We are for Senator Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila and all other senators and other Reps members endorsed by the party. We are for party discipline that allowed everyone to aspire political offices. We believe that we must respect the party.”
Asked if he had met with Ndume on the matter, Governor Shettima who is a senator-elect for Borno central senatorial district, said: “l am the first citizen of the state, I have made wide consultations with our leaders from Borno before resolving to back Senator Ahmad Lawan.”
Meanwhile, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators-elect have kicked against the candidacy of Senator 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.
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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