One of the Senators from North-East who indicated interest to be senate president, Ali Ndume has accused the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole of single-handedly nominating a fellow contestant for the coveted position, Ahmed Lawal as the preferred candidate of the party.
Senator Ndume stated this in an interview with Punch Newspaper.
Ndume who expressed surprise and shock over the decision of Oshiomhole said that he consulted with President Muhammadu Buhari and Bola Tinubu before making public his interest to vie for the position.
Ndume also added that he cannot tell for now if he will be contesting the position or not when the 9th Senate is inaugurated.
An excerpt of the interview read:
The National Chairman of our party just informed us that a decision has been taken to nominate Ahmad Lawan as the candidate of the North-East for the position of the Senate President. I am surprised and shocked, and I believe that the feelings of my colleagues right now are still that of shock.
The normal tradition or the constitutional provision for the emergence of the leadership of the Senate or National Assembly is clearly spelt out in the constitution. Section 50 (1A) of the constitution says that there shall be the Senate President and Deputy Senate President who shall be elected by the members of the House amongst themselves and Section 1 of the constitution clearly states that this constitution is binding on all Nigerians and government agencies and it also went further to state that any other law that contradicts the provisions of the constitution is null and void. To that extent and as a party that is supposed to be democratic and as a government that normally insists on allowing due process to prevail, it should have engaged the critical stakeholders before taking such decision because that is how candidates of the APC in all elections, normally emerge. It is either by consensus, indirect or direct primaries.
I am surprised that the decision was taken and we were not given the chance to even ask questions or make comments. The President was called upon to make his remarks and after that we recited the National Anthem. Even the chosen candidate was not given the chance to thank us or to say something about it. Those of us that are interested in contesting the position were not even consulted. I left the venue in shock.
It was Adams Oshiomhole that said that Ahmad Lawan should be our next Senate President. I don’t believe that, that is truly the position of Mr. President because, before I went into this contest, I consulted with Mr. President and he gave me the go-ahead. I consulted with Tinubu and he also gave me the go-ahead immediately after the primaries.
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