Senate presidency: North-east elders endorse Ndume's bid

Senate presidency: North-east elders endorse Ndume's bid

- The candidature of Senator Ali Ndume for the presidency of the 9th Senate has gotten a major boost

- The former Senate leader has been endorsed by the Northeast Elders and Stakeholders Forum

- The forum also condemned attempts to impose leaders on the federal lawmakers by some power brokers in the ruling APC

The candidature of Senator Ali Ndume for the presidency of the 9th Senate, on Sunday, May 5, got the blessings of Northeast Elders and Stakeholders Forum.

In endorsing Ndume for the position, the group stated that his credentials trounces that of all others vying for the position.

They also condemned attempts to impose leaders on the federal lawmakers by some power brokers in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The elders said it decided to weigh in on the debate as to who emerges the next Senate president having observed that Ndume by his antecedents in the federal legislature appears more qualified.

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Coordinator of the forum, Major Peter Janka (rtd) noted that, “the National Assembly has a vital role to play in governance, and Ndume by his antecedents is qualified to be first among equals among the egg heads in the senate to defend and project the executive desires to provide good governance to the citizenry.

“Without mincing words, we hereby throw our weight and support behind Senator Ndume, an amiable, loyal and defender of party principles and ideology.

“He has been tested and throughout the period he acted proudly to the admiration of party members irrespective of the geo political zone. We don’t need to be reminded that while he held sway as the Senate Leader, under his watch, all the bills and letters requesting for the senate approval were defended stoutly by Ndume.

“It is in view of this that we the elders and stakeholders of the north-east people in the Federal Capital Territory hereby decide to throw our weight and support behind the candidature of Senator Ndume as the ninth Senate president.

“Names are being mentioned here and there about who is interested in what position or the other. That is politics and everyone among the 109 senators for instance is qualified to be the president of the Senate.

“We don’t begrudge them, it is anybody’s right to aspire but we want to quickly join others calling and supporting the candidature of Senator Ali Mohammed Ndume, a ranking senator from Borno south senatorial district of Borno state.”

Meanwhile, Senator Ndume has promised that he won't compromise the independence of the Senate if elected its president in the forthcoming inauguration of the 9th Senate.

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Ndume said he wants to lead the 9th Senate, in order to help galvanise the National Assembly to do more for good governance, stressing that the upper chamber needs an articulate personality from the north-east to lead it.

He said the north-east had suffered huge devastation with property worth over N2 trillion destroyed by insurgents, adding that there is need for an articulate candidate from the geo-political zone for the position of Senate president, to mobilise global support for the restoration of the area.

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