Senator Ali Ndume, a former Senate Leader, has reinstated his decision to contest the position of Senate President even against his party’s decision.
Ndume on Monday in Lagos told journalists that he will emerge as the Senate President of the 9th National Assembly.
According to Ndume, he is confident of emerging victorious because he has the backing of his colleagues and the leaders of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ndume’s position however contradicts the position of his party. APC had endorsed Senator Ahmad Lawan as its preferred candidate for Senate President.
Ndume however stated that the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, only recommended Senator Lawan and not imposed him on senators.
“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.”
The Borno South senator further expressed confidence that his chances of emerging as the next senate president were very high.