Some concerned citizens of Borno state have reaffirmed their support for the candidature of Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume to emerge as the next Senate president in the incoming 9th National Assembly.
The group dissociated themselves from Governor Kashim Shettima’s support for Senator Ahmad Lawan from Yobe state, saying the governor spoke his mind and not the mind of the majority of Borno people.
In a statement sent to journalists by their spokesman, Yakubu Kwangyang Umar, the group said: “It is rather surprising that while the state is counting on the governor’s support for Senator Ndume, he is clearly seen working against the aspiration.”
He continued: “Among the reasons we advanced for Senator Ndume’s aspiration are the fact that he has the people at heart, he is a loyal party man and has the privilege of being a minority leader in the House of Reps 2007-2011, a senator with a sound cognate experience, Senate leader 2015-2017, Director of the North East Presidential Campaign Council 2019, among other credentials.”
Meanwhile, the Borno Elders Forum has denied endorsing the aspirations of Senator Ndume 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.
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