SENATOR Ali Ndume representing Borno South Senatorial district, who contested the office of the 9th Senate President without success, has appealed to his party, All Progressives Congress (APC) not to see his decision to contest for the Senate Presidency against the Party’s choice and eventual winner, Senator Ahmed Lawan, as an act of rebellion.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after the election that produced Senator Ahmed Lawan as President of the Senate, Ndume congratulated Lawan and promised to work with him in the interest of the country.
He described Lawan as a well-experienced lawmaker who was four years ahead of him, adding that he happily contested the election which he believes was in tandem with democracy.
Ndume was optimistic that his party, the APC would not see his action as a rebellion, but in deepening democracy.
He added that what he did made the election of the President of the Senate credible, adding, “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.”
Speaking with our correspondent, Senator Isiaku Abo (Adamawa), who nominated Ndume during the inauguration of the 9th Senate, lamented that the nation has suffered in the past four years, adding, ‘we have faced so many problems.
“Just like any other Nigerian, because I am first a Nigerian before I become a Senator, I am expecting good thing from this government and this Senate will support the executive arm of government to see that we deliver good things for the people.”
Congratulating Lawan and Ovie Omo-Agege, the immediate past Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu appreciated his colleagues, constituents and Nigerians for their support, noting that he had made his point.
Ekweremadu, who took to his social media handles after the inauguration of the Ninth Senate, said: “I congratulate the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan and my successor as Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege on their elections.
“I especially appreciate my colleagues, who supported me as I vied for the office again to preserve the hallowedness and honour of the Senate and uphold equity as a priceless ingredient for building a Nigeria of our dreams.
“I have made my point and my colleagues have made their choice. It is now for us all to join hands across all divides to work for the success of the Ninth Senate and National Assembly as well as the peace and prosperity of our nation.
“I am deeply indebted in gratitude to the good people of Enugu West and well-meaning Nigerians, whose support and prayers have seen me this far. They can rest assured that I will continue to give them quality representation.”
– June 11, 2019 @ 17:59 GMT |