Senate Presidency: Borno group asks Buhari to support Ndume – The Punch
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Senate Presidency: Borno group asks Buhari to support Ndume – The Punch

Sunday Aborisade, Abuja

Some stakeholders from Borno State, under the aegis of Concerned Borno Citizens, on Monday assured President Muhammadu Buhari that their kinsman, Senator Ali Ndume, will not sabotage the All Progressives Congress government if elected the President of the Ninth Senate.

They appealed to to the President to reward what they called Ndume’s loyalty to the APC by supporting the senator’s aspiration.

The group’s position was contained in a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja by its spokesperson, Alhaji Yakubu Umar.

It alleged that certain dark forces are working to hijack the leadership of the Ninth National Assembly for selfish political gains.

This, it argued, could be counterproductive to the policies of the Buhari presidency in its second term.

The group reminded Buhari of his endorsement of Ndume’s bid last December, and wondered why the party decided to zone the office to Senator Ahmad Lawan, instead of zoning it to the North-East.

The statement read, “We decided to come out publicly to mobilise support for Ndume last month when he confided in us that he had discussed his ambition with Mr President.

“President Buhari did not only agree that Ndume should contest, but he also endorsed him. That was what encouraged him to step out in preparation for the contest.”

The group asked Buhari to remain committed to Ndume’s aspiration irrespective of the political pressure from certain quarters.

It added, “President Buhari in December last year unreservedly made an undertaking to handsomely reward any party member who works very hard for him to win his re-election bid.

“Our group, which boasts of former governors, former ministers and other leaders of the APC in Borno State, wants Ndume to be considered for the position because our state gave the party over 90 per cent of the votes from the state in the just-concluded election.

“President Buhari should not suffer further sabotage by allowing a wrong person to be elected as the Ninth Senate President.

“The President should personally subject antecedents of Senators Ndume and Lawal to scrutiny to determine who is more loyal, experienced or qualified to be Senate President.

“In terms of lawmaking administrative experience, Ndume was first a Minority Leader in the House of Representatives and later the Majority Leader in the Senate before Lawan.

“Ndume was punished and removed as Senate Leader because he was seen to be too close to the presidency. He was suspended from plenary for defending President Buhari’s policy.

“Senate President, Bukola Saraki, replaced Ndume with Lawan who he considered as a willing partner, and under whom the presidency began to suffer sabotage.

“Ndume shall be a more competent Senate President because while he was the Senate Leader, Ndume had the highest number of bills passed and also topped the chart of bills sponsorship with 64 bills.

“Records also show that no bill passed was denied assent by the President, but under Lawan, more bills passed were rejected.”

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