Senate Presidency: Ndume Accuses APC, Oshiomhole of Choosing Favourite, Imposition of Candidate
The unfavoured contestant for the office of the Senate President, Ali Ndume has accused the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC Adams Oshiomhole and the party of illegality.
Ndume said it was wrong for the party to declare a candidate for the seat as the favourite of his party, describing it as a breach of the Nigerian Constitution.
The Senator said what the party needed to do was to treat every member equally and provide a conducive ground for members to freely contest among lawmakers
The APC and Oshiomhole have favoured Ahmed Lawal against the Borno South Senator.
The Senator who said he was confident of winning told Premium Times that “Anytime I do the numbers I see it and I am confident that we will get there. My colleagues are in my support,”
“What the party, or the party chairman wants to do is wrong. It is only patriotic for me to say this is wrong, and it should change.
“I am only hoping that the national chairman will rescind on his decision to impose a candidate, to anoint a candidate or even to recommend a particular candidate because it contravenes the party constitution, it also contravenes the national constitution, and it also runs against natural justice,” he said.
The Senator said if the party allowed free and fair election, he was confident of winning the election, adding that it was very discriminatory for the party to support one person against the other.
He described such a development as against the principle of equality and freedom of participation.
Adams Oshiomhole allowed Mr Lawal as the preferred candidate of the party, however, the main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party may settle for Ndume to unsettle APC planned installation.
“I want to say, without any fear of contradiction, that if you are to classify people that are so committed to the party and Mr President, I can be counted among them.
“When the Senate President tried to veer off from supporting Mr President, I stood against that. My stance on the confirmation of Magu was what caused me my seat. I stood firmly for Mr President and the party on the confirmation.
“As the Senate leader, I made sure that every nominee of Mr President was confirmed. During Magu’s case, it was the same thing. It was because of that I was removed as the Senate Leader. That did not deter me. I continued to stand with Mr President and I will continue to stand with Mr President in and out of government,” he said.