Senator Ali Ndume has bitterly lamented what he referred to as the undemocratic imposition of Mr. Ahmad Lawan as the following senate president by the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, saying that decision had shocked him and his colleagues on the Red Chamber.
Mr. Ndume stated this in a chat with the Punch, recalling how former senate presidents, who have been imposed by the ruling get together, had didn’t survive.
He claimed that the decision was solely that of Mr. Oshiomhole as a result of he had consulted and gotten the nods of President Muhammadu Buhari and APC chief, Bola Tinubu over his intention to vie for the place of senate president.
He stated, “It was Adams Oshiomhole that stated that Ahmad Lawan ought to be our subsequent Senate President.
“I don’t consider that, that’s actually the place of Mr. President as a result of, earlier than 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.”
He added that the decision by the get together to accept a person as an alternative of zoning the place of Senate President to a selected geopolitical zone, and likewise failing to seek the advice of senators from that zone to determine who amongst them they need or they like because the candidate for the Senate President and who will in the end result in election on the ground of the Senate, got here to him as a shock.
“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,” a disillusioned Ndume stated.
According to him, “The regular custom or the constitutional provision for the emergence of the management of the Senate or National Assembly is clearly spelt out within the structure.
“Section 50 (1A) of the structure 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 structure clearly states that this structure is binding on all Nigerians and authorities businesses and it additionally went additional to state that every other regulation that contradicts the provisions of the structure 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.”
The former Senate chief nonetheless hinted that he has not given up on his ambition of changing into Nigeria’s subsequent senate president.
“I’m going house (Borno State) straight away to seek the advice of with the elders who gathered to and inspired me to vie for the place.
“So, I will engage in consultations before I take the final position; But, I want to say that the party has taken a position and I ultimately await the decision of the Almighty God and that of my colleagues,” he stated.
When particularly requested if he’ll nonetheless contest for thee submit of senate president on the day of inauguration, he stated, “If that is God’s decision, it would final, if it’s not, God will take his personal decision.
“I’ve a imaginative and prescient for the Senate as a result of the Senate has drifted and is drifting to a place the place it will be unable to serve its function. The Senate is meant to be an establishment of 109 senators to vogue out methods of stabilising the polity.
“It is just not honest for someone to nominate a pacesetter for leaders. The leaders are purported to appoint who ought to be their chief. The Senate President is meant to be the President of the Senate not senators president.
“Now, we’re once more getting a senators president however this nation wants a Senate President. Senators from the North-East are purported to be given the honour of selecting from amongst us, or at finest, the get together ought to have invited a few of us who’re contesting and inform us to drop our ambition and help the get together’s alternative however I used to be not on condition that honour.
“Since Lawan has indicated his curiosity, I indicated my curiosity, Danjuma Goje indicated his curiosity, Abdullahi Adamu additionally indicated his curiosity, all of us deserve the honour to be invited for a gathering, however that was not achieved.