- The Northern Youth Forum has announced that it is mobilising support for Senator Ali Ndume to be the next Senate president
- The group stated that given Ndume’s contribution to quality legislation that he will make a better Senate president
- They called on the ruling All Progressives Congress to play its role as a fair body to all its members and not impose candidates
The Northern Youth Forum (NYF) has said it is mobilising support for Senator Ali Ndume to be the next Senate president.
The group said its decision was based on grounds that they believe the Borno senator will preside over the affairs of the National Assembly better and without executive or party interference.
President of the group, Turaki Yahaya Abubakar said it is obvious that given Ndume’s contribution to quality legislation that he will make a better Senate president.
He called on the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to play its role as a fair body to all its members and not impose candidates, but leave the legislators to select their leaders.
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The NYF said the decision to support Ndume was collectively taken at a meeting in Kaduna recently where members of the group were unanimous that given his leadership qualities and interest in the development of the north, the former Senate majority leader is the right man for the position.
“He is the senator who sponsored a bill for the establishment of a commission for the Northeast. He has sponsored nine bills and they are all for the development of the north,” Abubakar stated.
The group said those supporting other candidates will also come to understand the quality of Ndume by the time he is allowed to preside over the affairs of the Senate.
According to him, the group is not negotiating any position for Ndume other than the Senate president, adding tht majority of the senators are behind him.
“He has been a loyal party member for decades and has been working for the party and has accumulated all the qualifications needed to function in that office,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, some concerned citizens of Borno state have reaffirmed their support for the candidature of Ndume to emerge as the next Senate president in the incoming 9th National Assembly.
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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.”
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