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Senate Presidency: Borno Elders Make Case For Ndume

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Leaders and Elders from Borno State under the aegis of Borno Concerned Citizens have charged the incoming members of the 9th Senate to consider the experience and ranking of Senator Ali Ndume, and elect him as the next Senate President.

They said that he had shown loyalty to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government.

Speaking on behalf of the elders at a media briefing in Abuja, yesterday, leader of the forum and Nigeria’s former Ambassador to Pakistan, Alhaji Dauda Danladi added that Sen. Ndume’s past records and experience at both chambers of the National Assembly will ensure that the executive-legislature relationship is devoid of rancour as witnessed in the 8th Senate.

He said: “There is no doubt that the 9th National Assembly has a critical role to play if government is to actualise all its developmental projects, programmes and policies that will propel Nigeria into the industrialised world in the near future.”

“It is in this regard that we the Concerned Citizens of Borno are coming forward to urge Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume to contest for the office of the President of the Senate in the 9th National Assembly. We are convinced that Senator Ndume possesses all the qualities and requirements to hold the office of the Senate President being a loyal party man and a ranking Senator. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 2003 and 2007 and held the position of a Minority Leader of the House of Representatives from 2007-2011, he has been in the Senate since 2011 representing Borno South Senatorial District with distinction.

“Senator Ndume emerged as the Senate Leader In 2015 and was removed in a controversial circumstance In January 2017 ostensibly for his defense of party policies and for being a loyalist to the Government,” the group said.

The elders said their plea for the Senator to seek the office of the President of the Senate is premised on the fact that the North/East geo-political zone where he hails from gave the President the second highest vote cast. “This is in addition to the fact that the region has been ravaged by insurgency from 2009 until the coming of this administration in 2015. Borno State being the epicentre of the crises deserves serious attention. The office of the President of the Senate will therefore offer the state a good opportunity to fast track reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement of millions of displaced persons,” the group added.

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