A contestant for the seat of the Senate President in the 9th National Assembly under the All Progressives Congress, Ali Ndume, has denied the allegation that the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo called on his to step down.
In a statement released by the Senator he denied the fact that his meeting with Osinbajo was towards the seat of the Senate Presidency.
He claimed that his recent visit to the Vice President was to inform him about the issues in the North East, which he stated that it is about the Internally Displaced Persons issues.
“Osinbajo didn’t ask me to drop the idea of contesting the Senate Presidency. We only talked about IDPs, Orphanages and related matters.”
“The truth is, it is usual for me to meet with the vice president to discuss issues of common interest, especially the humanitarian crisis in the northeast, of which the vice president has shown exceptional interest in helping out.”
“Personally, l’m a committed Buharist. Whether I become the Senate President or not, I will continue to stand by him, defend his policies because I see him as a mentor. And I believe that Mr. President has nothing against my aspiration for the office of the Senate President because I sought his permission long before the general election and he gave me his go-ahead. I have not heard anything otherwise from him.”
“I believe he will not go against my aspiration, because as he said he belongs to everybody and belongs to nobody. And he sticks to that. I am sure that the least he can do is to allow the constitution, which he strongly believes in, and the rule of law to prevail in the emergence of the senate leadership.”
“So, I want to use this opportunity to clear the air as to those that are trying to cause disaffection.”
The Senator promised his commitment to APC and promised that he will do the right thing which is in line with the constitution of Nigeria.
“What I am doing now is to strengthen democracy, to in fact improve on or deepen democracy and to stand by what APC believes in. Mr President stood for election. It was open. He contested against three people. And even when it was zoned outside our zone, Mr. President allowed a level playing ground. Okorocha contested.”
“During his second term, he subjected himself to the process of democracy that led to his emergence. During our gubernatorial elections he came clearly to say people should be allowed to elect persons of their choice even in his own case. So, I will be surprised if anything otherwise comes from him.”