Tom Okpe, Abuja
A group of elders and political leaders from Borno state under the auspices of the Borno Concerned Citizens (BCC) have asked the Senator Ali Ndume (APC/Borno South) to seek the Senate Presidency position since President Buhari has declared that he has no preferred candidate for the post.
The group said the incoming senators should consider the experience and ranking of Senator Ali Ndume and elect him as the next Senate President.
Among the group are two former notable Governors of the state, Alhaji Mohammed Goni and Maina Maaji Lawan.
Addressing journalists in Abuja on Thursday on behalf of the group, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Pakistan, Dauda Danladi said Senator Ndume’s past records and experience at both chambers of the National Assembly will ensure that the executive-legislature relationship is cordial.
He said that “there is no doubt that the 9th National Assembly has a critical role to play if government is to actualize all its developmental projects, programmes and policies that will propel Nigeria into an industrialized world in the near future.
“A cooperative partnership driven National Assembly that will support, encourage and work with the executive to accelerate the achievement of socio -economic objectives of the government cannot be overemphasized.
“In this light, we the Concerned Citizens of Borno state are coming forward to urge Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume to contest for the office of the President of the Senate in the 9th National Assembly.”
Danladi added that the group is convinced that Senator Ndume possesses all the qualities and requirements to hold the office of the Senate President, pointing out that he was in the House of Representatives from 2003 – 2007, was House minority leader from 2007-2011 and has been in the Senate since 2011.
“In the run up to the 2019 elections, he was appointed as the North East zonal director for the APC Presidential Campaign Council. In all of the above, Senator Ndume put his best to achieve the desired results. It Is for these and many more reasons that we are recommending this our illustrious son to Nigerians.
“Senator Ndume emerged as the Senate leader in 2015 and was removed in controversial circumstances in January 2017, ostensibly for his defense of party policies and for being loyal to the Buhari administration.
“Our plea for the distinguished senator to seek for the office of the President of the Senate is premised on the fact that the North East geo-political zone where he hails from gave the President the second highest votes in the just concluded presidential election,” he added.
According to him, the region has been ravaged by insurgency since 2009 until the emergence of the present administration in 2015, asserting that “Borno state being the epicenter of the crises deserves serious attention.
The office of the President of the Senate will therefore offer the state a good opportunity to fast track reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement of millions of displaced persons.”
Amb. Danladi however, dismissed media reports that President Buhari has anointed Ahmed Lawan from Yobe state, describing the reports as mere speculations.