A former Senate Leader and senator representing Bornu South senatorial district Sen. Ali Ndume, on March 2, challenged the leadership of his party, the All Progressives Congress by formally joining the race for the office of the President of the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria. Ndume did so by unfolding his agenda as a candidate for the Senate presidency in the ninth National Assembly.
It will be recalled that the ruling party’s leadership had last week endorsed the current Senate Leader, Ahmad Ibrahihim Lawan, as the next Senate president come June 2019.
Senator Ndume declared, “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.”
Meanwhile, the spokesman for the APC, Lanre Isa-Onilu, hshowever, faulted Ndume’s move stating that the party hierarchy would meet and take a decision on Ndume’s declaration.