- Senator Ndume said the Senate presidential election was free and fair
- The Bauchi South senator also pledged to work with Senator Ahmed Lawan, the newly elected Senate president
- Ndume who lost to Lawan said the new Senate president is a well experienced lawmaker who is four years ahead of him
Senator Ali Ndume on Tuesday, June 11, pledged to work with the newly elected Senate president, Ahmed Lawan and his deputy, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.
Speaking immediately after the election, which he lost to Lawan, the Borno South senator said that he will work with Lawan in the interest of the country, The Nation reports.
He described Lawan as a well experienced lawmaker, who is four years ahead of him.
He explained that he happily went into the election for the position of Senate president in line with democratic norms.
Ndume expressed optimism that the All Progressives Congress (APC) would not see his action as a rebellion but as an act to deepen democracy in the country.
He asserted that his action made the election of Senate president credible.
Ndume said: “Ahmed Lawan is my brother who is well experienced having been here four years ahead of me.
“I will give him all the necessary supports. I insisted on contesting against him in order to deepen democracy.
“I hope the party would agree with me that what I did was in the interest of democracy and I do know that power belongs to God. It’s God’s will that my colleague becomes the president.
“I will do all I can with others for him to succeed because his success is our success.”
Ndume was the main challenger to Lawan in election that Senator Ahmed Lawan won 79 votes.
For Ndume, election time is over.
He said: “This is the time to settle down to face legislative functions.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) also reports that Ndume described the conduct of the senate president election for the 9th National Assembly as ”free and fair.”
Ndume said the election was not a fight but a contest.
”Now, my colleagues have decided, but whatever result is, the election was free and fair which is what we have to do," Ndume was quoted to have said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari congratulated the newly elected presiding officers of the ninth National Assembly.
In a statement by his special adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Tuesday, June 11, the president also saluted all the national legislators and their political parties for their display of patriotism and non-partisanship before and during the election.
NAIJ.com (naija.ng) -> Legit.ng: Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!
Nigeria Latest News: Is the NASS Leadership Still Capable of Leading Nigeria? | Legit TV