Former Senate Leader Ali Ndume says he is confident of succeeding Bukola Saraki as Nigeria’s next Senate President because he has the support of his colleagues in the red chamber and the leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Speaking with newsmen on Monday in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial centre, Ndume revealed that he had done his homework.
Concise News understands that the leadership of the party had endorsed Ahmad Lawan, the current Senate Leader, for the position.But Ndume said that no party leader had asked him to withdraw for anyone.
“We have 109 senators and each of them have one vote. If you are contesting to be the Senate President, you have to reach out. But at the beginning, I was cautious because I am a party man. So, when the party said ‘don’t go there,’ I did not,” he said.
“But the party came out again and said, ‘You can reach out to them now,’ so I reached out to them.
“So far, the response I am getting from my colleagues from the APC and other parties is very encouraging. I am in this race to win; I am talking to everybody. I have the telephone numbers of all the 109 senators-elect and I call them.
“I have written the party, indicating my intention to contest. Even my national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, publicly said they only recommended Lawan and not that they are stopping anybody.
“As I speak with you, nobody has consulted me to say ‘don’t run for Senate President’. Everybody has the constitutional right to do that.”
The lawmaker from Borno South promised to “work harmoniously and inter-dependently with the executive without undermining the principle of separation of power.”