The chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Mohammed Danjuma Goje, will declare formally for the position of Senate president after the passage of the 2019 budget.
According to Daily Trust, a ranking senator who spoke on the condition of anonymity said this on Thursday, April 25.
The senator claimed Goje delayed his declaration because of his commitment to the quick passage of the 2019 budget which is before his committee.
He said Goje, who chairs the Senate Committee on Appropriations is of the belief that the passage of the budget should be paramount to all, in view of its importance to the smooth running of the country.
“His priority is to get the budget passed, for the prompt assent of Mr. President. As a committed loyalist of the president and APC, he doesn’t want anything that would delay the passage of the budget. He is of the view and conviction that the success of the president is his and that of all Nigerians.
“This was why he worked tirelessly and religiously to ensure the victory of the president, the governorship candidate and all others who vied on the platform of APC in Gombe state,” he said.
Senate leader, Ahmad Lawan (APC,Yobe) and Senator Mohameed Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) have already declared their intention for the Senate president position.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the North East Consultative Forum (NECF) and five other groups in the geopolitical region had thrown their weight behind Senator Goje to become the next Senate president.
The five groups supporting NECF for Goje's proposed emergence as president of the 9th National Assembly are North East Elders Mobilisation Forum, APC National Youth Caucus, Borno Discussion Circle, Gombe Political Associations and North East Youth Awareness for Good Governance.
The move came after a meeting by the groups and the forum in Bauchi on Wednesday, April 17. The group said that their choice was because Goje, according to them, is the best of the three contenders for the office.
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