Senator Ali Ndume has revealed that long before the 2019 general elections, President Muhammadu Buhari had granted him permission to contest for the position of the Senate President.
The Borno State senator noted that despite the position of his party, his ambition is not against Buhari’s interest.
He further berated those who according to him claim that his ambition was against the interest of President Buhari.
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had endorsed Senator Ahmed Lawan from Yobe State to succeed Senate President Bukola Saraki.
Ndume however vehemently rejected his party’s decision, saying that it was his right to also contest for the position.
Here’s his statement to journalists;
“Personally, I am a committed Buharist. Whether I become the Senate President or not, I will continue to stand by him and 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 elections and he gave me the go-ahead. I have not heard anything otherwise from him.
“I believe he will not go against my aspiration, because as he said he belonged to everybody and belonged 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.”
Senator Ndume who met Vice President Yemi Osinbajo few weeks ago at the Presidential Villa further described as fake news the alleged pressure on him by the VP to drop his ambition.
“It was misinformation. The truth is that it is usual for me to meet with the Vice-President to discuss issues of common interest, especially the humanitarian crisis in the North-East, of which the Vice- President has shown exceptional interest in helping out.
“I normally go there to brief him on developments in the region, especially the performance of the orphanage scheme which he initiated in Borno that is accommodating over 1,200 orphans – their education and welfare.
“And then, we also discussed general issues that affect the country as well as the way forward on the humanitarian crisis especially the internally displaced persons and not just in Borno State but also IDPs situations all over the country.”