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Senate Presidency: Ndume, Oshiomhole at daggers drawn

Except the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) party reorganizes themselves, they stand the risks of making mistake of 2015 when a candidate which is not the choice of the party emerged Senate President against the interest of the party.
Hours after the APC leadership at a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and senators-elect announced the endorsement of Ahmed Lawan to be the next Senate president, Ali Ndume has vowed to go against that wish.
Ndume, a Borno State senator, expressed dissatisfaction over the decision of the APC to endorse lawmakers for leadership positions in the 9th assembly.
The lawmaker said the endorsement of Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila for positions of Senate President and Speaker House of Representatives may have sparked off a crisis of confidence in the ruling party.
Ndume, a ranking senator, on Monday wrote the chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomole, to declare his intention to run for Senate President.
Same Monday, the party was reported to have endorsed Lawan for this position at a meeting held at the Presidential Villa.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, Ndume described the endorsement APC handed to Lawan as unconstitutional and against the spirit of fair play.
He said the position of the party on who emerges the Senate President cannot stand as it did not follow due process adding that he consulted widely and was given the go-ahead by party leaders to vie for the position.
For him, the best the party could have done was to zone the slot of Senate President to a geo-political zone and allow the zone to choose their candidate
His words: “First of all, let me say that the decision by the party to settle for an individual instead of zoning the position to a particular geopolitical zone and also consulting or allowing the senators from that zone to decide who among them they prefer as Senate President, is a surprise.
“We were surprised on Monday when national chairman of our party told us a decision had been taken to adopt Ahmad Lawan as candidate from the North-east for the position of the President of the Senate.
“The reason why I am shocked and I am sure that is the feeling of my colleagues, is that the constitutional provision for the emergence of the leadership of the Senate is clearly spelt out.
“Section 51 (a) of the Constitution says that “there shall be a Senate President and Deputy Senate President who shall be elected by members of the House.
“Section 1 of the Constitution clearly states that “this Constitution is binding on all Nigerians and government agencies.
“It went further to say that any other law that contravenes the provision of the Constitution is null and void.”

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