Nigeria: Senate Presidency - I Won't Step Down, Says Ndume

The Guardian
Ali Ndume
8 April 2019

Former Senate leader, Senator Ali Ndume on Monday vowed not to drop his ambition of becoming the Senate President of the ninth Senate.

Senator Ndume met behind closed doors with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting started around 3.20pm when Ndume arrived the Vice President's office.

Ndume is one of the frontline aspirants for the position of Senate President for the 9th Senate in June.

He had declared his intention to run for the number three highest political office in the land despite the endorsement of the current Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan by the ruling All Progressives Congress for the same position.

The Borno State born politician is seen as a detribalised person and he appears to be having support of some of the senators across party line

Though his stiff opposition to some policies of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki appears to be the obstacle he may face in achieving his dreams.

After the closed meeting, Senator Ndume declined to talk to State House correspondents that waited to know the agenda and outcome of the meeting with the Vice President.

He said that he was still consulting and should not make any comments on the meeting.

When asked whether he would succumb to pressure by his party to step down for the party's candidate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, he rhetorically asked, "Me, step down? I am still consulting."

Also reminded that he was said to be opposition bride, he also replied, "Me that is regarded as enemy by opposition?

Senator Ndume was suspended as a Senate leader because of his opposition to the non confirmation of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and his loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari.

He was the Director of APC Presidential Campaign for the North East.

More From: Vanguard

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 900 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.