- The Borno Elders Forum has denied endorsing the aspirations of Senator Ali Ndume to be Senate president
- Secretary of the forum, Bulama Mali Gubio, made the clarification in a statement sent to journalists
- He said those mentioned in the report were not members of the forum
The Borno Elders Forum has denied endorsing the aspirations of Senator Ali Ndume representing Borno south senatorial district for the Senate presidency.
The forum in a statement sent to journalists on Tuesday, April 16, said doing so would amount to splitting other Borno citizens like a member of House of Representatives from Biu, Betara Aliyu who is aspiring to become Speaker in the 9th National Assembly.
Secretary of the forum, Bulama Mali Gubio, said the clarification became necessary in view of repeated media reports.
His words: “When we saw that report, we felt there was no need to respond to it since Ndume is a son of Borno and like other sons and daughters he is entitled to the support of Borno elders.
“To our surprise, this week, we saw another round of media report claiming that Borno elders have for the second time endorsed Ndume’s aspiration.
“Although the reports bears the names of other people in the state, it is however public knowledge that whenever the phrase ‘Borno elders’ is mentioned, what immediately comes to mind is the Borno Elders Forum, which has gained prominence as a pressure group that promotes and defends the interest of Borno sons and daughters.
“For instance, we are aware the one of our sons from Biu, Hon. Betara Aliyu is aspiring to become Speaker of the House of Representatives.
“If people assume that Borno elders have endorsed Ndume, it is like saying we are opposed to Betara’s aspiration because it will be politically foolish to endorse two sons for the Senate Presidency and Speaker of House of Reps at the same time.
“We also know that some of our sons have open and quiet aspirations. In addition to that, in our political history, Borno and Yobe states are one and the same.
“We don’t oppose each other in public. It is against our tradition as elders of Borno and Yobe states to oppose our sons. We support all of them or we keep silent.”
Meanwhile, a former minister of sports and APC chieftain, Bala Ka’oje, has faulted the endorsement of certain individuals for leadership positions by the ruling party ahead of the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly.
The APC chieftain stated that the ruling party ought to have zoned the positions to regions and not to individuals, warning the national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole that he can't appoint leaders of the National Assembly.
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