- Senator Ali Ndume expressed optimism in winning the Senate presidency
- The APC lawmaker said he was not interested in party endorsement but votes
- Ndume recalled that in 2015, Lawan lost out even though he had party endorsement
Senator Ali Ndume has said he is not interested in party endorsement but instead interested in votes that will make him Senate president.
The Nation reports that Ndume was speaking about the wave of party endorsement for Senator Ahmad Lawan to be the Senate president in the ninth assembly.
The Borno lawmaker said he was confident of winning on Tuesday, June 11 when the National Assembly meets.
Ndume rcalled that in 2015, Lawan had party endorsement but still lost out in the race.
He said: “Well, I’ve said before that I am not looking for endorsement but looking for votes on election day.
“You know clearly that there is the difference between endorsement and election. You would recall too that in 2015 that story of endorsement was canvassed. He had the endorsement but what happened on the floor of the Senate was different.
“This kind of thing has been there all along, we have seen endorsements against several elections. We are there already and shall become past in question of hours from now.”
Earlier, Legit.ng previously reported that some senators-elect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Young Progressive Party (YPP), on Friday, June 7, attended Sen Lawan’s launch of his 9th Senate presidency’s agenda, declaring their full support for his candidacy.
The opposition parties’ senators-elect at the occasion include Clifford Odia (PDP-Edo), Mathew Urhoghide (PDP-Edo) and Gershom Bassey (PDP-Cross River).
Others are Abba Morro (PDP-Benue), Lawali Anka (PDP-Zamfara) and Ifeanyi Ubah (YPP-Anambra).
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