Senate Presidency Race Gets Tougher As Another Long-Serving Senator Declares Ambition

Senate Presidency Race Gets Tougher As Another Long-Serving Senator Declares Ambition

  • The race for the Senate presidential seat has reached a fever pitch ahead of the May 29 transition of the 10th national assembly
  • Senator Ali Ndume of Borno State officially joined the race making him one of the big names vying for the coveted position
  • His declaration makes it the second time he would declare interest in the number one seat at the red chambers

FCT, Abuja - Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume has announced his intention to join the race for the number one seat in the upper chamber of the national assembly.

He made this declaration on Wednesday, April 5, while responding to questions from reporters in Abuja, The Nation newspaper reported.

Senator Ali Ndume said the national leadership of the APC should be more democratic and allow senators to select their leaders instead of adopting zoning. Photo: Sen Ali Ndume
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Senator Ndume's declaration makes his second attempt to become the Senate President of Nigeria after a failed attempt in 2019, where he lost to his fellow northerner and party member, Senator Ahmad Lawan.

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Ndume has also become the first aspirant for the Senate presidential seat to reveal his plans to pilot the affairs of the red chambers if allowed to serve in that capacity.

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He noted that the All Progressive Congress (APC) position would also determine his chances while he harped for fairness in the zoning.

He said:

“The APC leadership did not take any position during the presidential primary election. Aspirants from all the geopolitical zones participated in the exercise.
“Senators should be allowed to choose a competent person among them that has adequate legislative and managerial experiences to lead the Senate."

He stated that zoning is not a criterion for choosing the best man for the job, but the decision of senators to select their preferred leader would be a more democratic approach, Punch reported.

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Senator Ndume said:

“Zoning may not lead to the emergence of the best person for the job, that is why the decision to choose the Senate presiding officers must be the sole responsibility of the senators.”

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More controversies have begun to ensue in the build-up to the inauguration of the 10th national assembly.

Senator Ali Ndume, a contender for the senate presidency, says some lawmakers have begun to scrabble for the seat by paying bribes.

He stated that he lost out on the number one seat in the national assembly to Senator Ahmad Lawan because he couldn't afford to bribe.


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