- As the race for the Senate presidency heats up, Ali Ndume believes President Buhari will not ask him to step down for anybody
- According to Ndume, the lawmakers should be allowed to pick leaders for themselves
- The lawmaker also added that he does not want anybody to be asked to step down for him.
Mohammed Ali Ndume says President Muhammadu Buhari will not ask him to step down for anybody in the race for the Senate presidency.
According to him, president believes in democratic process and would not interfere in the process of electing leaders of the National Assembly.
Ndume disclosed this during an interaction with journalist in Abuja, Daily Trust reports.
“We’re a house of elders, and I don’t expect anybody to choose a leader for elders, they should be allowed to do that by themselves,” he said.
Going further, he said: “I don’t think Mr President will ask me to step down because he has never interfered in the electoral process. Besides, there’s no need for me to step down.
“Let’s go into election and allow the senators to elect whom they want. I’m against imposition. The president wasn’t imposed, and the party chairman too wasn’t imposed. I don’t think anybody will approach me to step down.
“When Mr President contested the first time, he had the likes of Kwankwaso, Okorocha, Sam Nda-Isaiah and the rest. Okorocha contested despite the fact that the position was zoned to the north.
Ndume also added that he does not want anybody to be asked to step down for him.
"Even during the primaries, the party wanted to screen out some of my contenders, and I said no. The only thing we can do is for the contenders to sit among themselves and say we want so and so person,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that former Senate leader, Ali Ndume, said he was confident he will become the president of the ninth Senate come June.
It should be recalled that the All Progressives Congress (APC) already settled for Senator Ahmed Lawan as its chosen candidate for the upper chamber president.
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