Senator Ndume joins presidency race, seeks party’s blessing

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

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Senator Ali Ndume

Former Leader of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume has announced his intention to run for the office of the President of the Senate of the 9th National Assembly, even as he is seeking the blessing of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to contest.

Senator Ndume said he is throwing his hat into the ring believing that the Senate President position would be zoned to the North East geo-political zone where he hails from.

The former senate leader, in a letter of intent dated March 25, 2019 and addressed to the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, said the decision to seek election into the exalted office was borne out of his desire to help accelerate socioeconomic development of the nation.

“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,” the letter read in part.

“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.

Senator Ndume who served as minority leader in the 6th House of Representatives and majority leader in the 8th Senate assured of his capacity to deliver on party policies and programmes, saying, “my vast legislative experience and my deep desire to take Nigeria to the next level of development” are his reasons for contesting.

In the letter, Senator Ndume said calls from respected party (members) both within the North East and other parts of the country have encouraged his aspiration.

“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.”

He 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 believes the position would enable him to also fulfill the aspirations of the insurgency-ravaged people of the North East whose respite came with the coming of APC government in 2015.