Borno elders root for Ali Ndume as Senate President
• Wase Joins Reps Speakership Race
Concerned Borno citizens yesterday canvassed support for Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume as Senate President in the 9th National Assembly billed to be inaugurated in June this year.Nigeria’s former Ambassador to Pakistan, Mr. Dauda Danladi who spoke on behalf of the group argued that Ndume possesses the qualities required to occupy the position of the Senate Presidency.
The group described Ndume as a loyal party man and a ranking Senator having served in the House of Representatives in 2003 and 2007 and held the position of a Minority Leader of the House from 2007 – 2011, and has been in the Senate since 2011 representing Borno South Senatorial District with distinction.
The group further argued that their position was premised on the fact that the North/East geo-political zone where Ndume hails from gave the President Muhammadu Buhari the second highest vote cast in the country.They noted: “This is in addition to the fact that the region has been ravaged by insurgency from 2009 until the coming of this administration in 2015. Some states being the epicenter of the crises deserve serious attention.
“The office of the President of the Senate will therefore offer the state a good opportunity to fast track reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement of millions of displaced persons. It will also be apt to add that Borno State has the highest percentage of 92 per cent of votes cast for President Buhari in the just concluded 2019 election.”
The group which comprises two former governors of the state, Alhaji Mohammed Goni, and Senator Maina Maaji Lawan, ministers, National Assembly members, academics and politicians elicited the support of all Senators elect aimed at achieving the goal.Meanwhile, Mr. Ahmed Idris Wase has thrown his hat into the race for the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Wase’s entrance into the race is coming against the backdrop of the demand by the North Central caucus of the House of Representatives that it deserves to produce the occupant of the position of the Speakership of the House. Wase, who is returning to the lower legislative chamber for the fourth time is said to enjoy the support of both returning and newly-elected members for the 9th House of Representatives.
Supporters of Wase, who is a member of the ruling All progressive Congress (APC) representing Wase Federal Constituency of Plateau State, underscore his leadership qualities, humility and grasp for legislative work over the years.A member of the House who pleaded anonymity vouched for his competence. “I can assure you that most members are comfortable with Wase because he never had issues with anybody. Besides, he has listening ears.
“He ensured fairness and correction of imbalances when he served as Chairman, Federal Character committee. He operates an open door policy. He always listens to members each time they come to him with an issue.“He is someone that doesn’t raise his shoulders despite the fact that he’s one of the ranking members of the House. So, many members are really ready to see that he becomes speaker.”
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