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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday met behind closed doors with the former Senate majority leader, Senator Ali Ndume, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The senator arrived at the villa at about 3.20 p.m and went straight to the vice-president’s office for the meeting whose agenda was unknown to State House correspondents.

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Concise News understands that the meeting was to deliberate on socio-political issues including the forthcoming election of new leadership for the ninth National Assembly.

The National leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had enjoined all its members-elect of the National Assembly to support its decision to elect Sen. Ahmed Lawan and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as Senate President and Speaker of the Federal House Representatives respectively.

But Ndume had insisted to contest for the seat of Senate president.

Recall that despite the resolution of the APC, Ndume unveiled his agenda as a candidate for the Senate presidency in the ninth National Assembly.

Ndume revealed his nine-point agenda in a document as he promised to improve upon the performance of the 8th Senate.

The lawmaker, a former Senate leader, vows to uphold the independence of the legislature and expresses his willingness to “work harmoniously and inter-dependently with the executive without undermining the principle of separation of powers.”

Also, he says he will make the office of the Senate president less attractive by reducing the unnecessary privileges attached to it.

Other promises made by the lawmaker include prioritising the passage of the Constituency Development Bill to make “constituency projects more transparent, accountable, efficient and effective.”

He explains that the upper chamber would agree on timelines for confirmation, the passage of bills especially the annual budgets, which he says, would not exceed 90 days from the day of submission.

“We will make laws that will block leakages devise improved means of generating revenue, especially through the amendment and review of our tax laws which will help to reduce reliance on local and foreign loans to finance budget.

“We will run the 9th Senate transparently, through open accountability with full participation of all senators. For example, we will transfer the approving powers of the privileges of the senators like foreign travels, allowances to Senate services committee or a new committee to be known as “ways and means committee,” Punch quotes him saying.

Not leaving out the executive, Ndume says his leadership would uphold the party’s principles and policies and that the Senate under him would make laws and review existing ones in tandem with the APC’s Next Level agenda for Nigeria.