Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has reiterated his plea for Senator Ali Ndume to drop his bid to become the Senate President of the ninth National Assembly.
Speaking to journalists at the end of the APC National Working Committee (NWC) meeting on Tuesday in Abuja, Oshiomhole urged Senator Ndume to reverse his decision and abide by the party’s verdict to endorse Senator Ahmed Lawan to emerge as the next Senate President.
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The APC National Chairman insisted that the Bonro federal lawmaker must respect the decision of the party, which he said was the position of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He called on the senator-elect to avoid being what he described as “a lone ranger” in the interest of the party.
Oshiomhole said: “For now, we are still trying to talk to Senator Ali Ndume but I believe he is a democrat; he understands that it is important to listen to the voice of the majority and accept the decision of the majority. It is all about sacrifice.
“For those who have agreed to step down, they did so because they realise at a point in time, only one person will lead.
“I believe that my friend, Ndume, will not be a lone ranger; he will respect the party and the President who is the leader of the party. I do not have any fear that he will respect the decision of the party.”
Oshiomhole also reiterated that the Senator Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila remain the ruling party’s choice candidates to emerge as the next Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively.
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He also declared the party’s endorsement of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and Idris Wase as its preferred candidates for the Deputy Senate President and Deputy Speaker of the House respectively.
Oshiomhole said: “We have all agreed as a caucus to endorse senator Lawan for Senate President and Senator Omo-Agege as the Deputy Senate President.
“We have also agreed to endorse Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila as the Speaker of the House of Representatives and Wase as deputy speaker. These four are the APC nominees for the respective positions. The governors and members-elect were unanimous in adopting this position.”
The APC National Chairman thanked previous contenders for the top principal offices of the federal parliament offices, including Senator Danjuma Goje, Senator Ajayi Boroffice, Senator Francis Alimikhena, Olusegun Odebunmi and Nkiruika Onyejeocha for stepping down for the party’s anointed candidates.
“They offered to step down as a mark of honour for the President and leadership of the party. They are all unanimous to back these candidates as the APC candidates for the good of the country,” he said.
Conspicuously missing at the meeting was Senator Ali Ndume from Borno State, who has said he is defying the directives of the party to contest in Tuesday’s Senate Presidency election.
Also missing were Senators Alimikhena, Kabiru Gaya and a former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, who are all contesting for the office of the Deputy Senate President.