A former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, has again boasted that he will become the Senate President of the Ninth National Assembly, promising to improve upon the performance of the Eighth Senate.
Mr. Ndume said this in an interview with journalists in Lagos on Monday, saying he is confident because he has the support of his colleagues in the Senate and the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC)
The Borno-South Senator made it clear that he is not gunning for senate president in order bargain for juicy position in the senate, stressing that he has done his homework.
He said, “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.
“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.”
He promised to make the Office of the Senate President less attractive by reducing the unnecessary privileges attached to the office and that he would uphold the independence of the legislative arm of government.
He however said he will “work harmoniously and inter-dependently with the executive without undermining the principle of separation of power.”