Former Senate Leader and senator representing Borno South under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mohammed Ali-Ndume, has declared his intention to contest for the position of the Senate President.
In a letter dated March 25, 2019 and addressed to the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, Mr Ndume asked for the APC leadership blessings ahead of the inauguration of the 9th Senate.
Mr Ndume who believed that the Senate President position would be zoned to the North East geo-political zone where he hails from, also noted that the decision was borne out of his legislative experience and his desire to take Nigeria to the next level of development.
“Following the successful conduct of the 2019 general election and the overwhelming victory of our great party the APC at all levels, I hereby forward my letter of intent to contest for the office of the President of the Senate in the 9th National Assembly.
“I wish to emphasize that my decision to contest for the Senate Presidency is informed by my conviction to contribute my quota to nation building,” the letter stated.
Mr Ndume who served as minority leader in the 6th House of Representatives and majority leader in the 8th Senate, said that he has the capacity and what it takes to be the Senate President and deliver on party policies and programmes.
In the letter, Senator Ndume who noted that calls from respected party (members) both within the North East and other parts of the country have encouraged his aspiration,
said, “For these reasons and more, I wish to forward myself for the blessings of the Party, my Colleagues in the Senate and fellow Nigerians for the post of the President of the Senate.”
The former Senate leader expressed optimism “that the Party leadership will see the desired wisdom in zoning the Senate Presidency to the North-East due to our sterling performance in the 2019 polls, giving the President the second highest votes cast.”
He said the position would enable him also fulfil the aspirations of the insurgency-ravaged people of the North East whose respite came with the coming of APC government in 2015.