Senator Ndume and Senator Lawan
Senator Lawan, who has been in the National Assembly since 1999, said he wants to lead Nigeria’s upper legislative chamber, having acquired enough experience and having the knowhow.
According to him, it is time for senate to remain focused on its duties, instead of the unnecessary infighting that would impede its responsibilities.
He reiterated senate’s independence, amid executive-legislative cordialit.
Lawan said his “vision for the senate is a place where political affiliations would not becloud senators’ sense of nationalism and responsibility” and added that his support base in the senate cuts across party line, as the senate is for the whole country.
The Senate Leader also said his aspiration is not just to be senate president but also, to occupy the office and work with his colleague and ensure making laws is for the good governance of the country.
While Senator Ndume, in a March 25 letter of intent addressed to the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, said the decision to seek election into the exalted office was borne out of his desire to help accelerate socio-economic development of the country.
Said Ndume in the letter: “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 Ninth National Assembly. I wish to emphasise that my decision to contest for the senate presidency is informed by my conviction to contribute my quota to nation-building.”
Senator Ndume, who served as minority leader in the Sixth House of Representatives, and majority leader in the early months of the Eighth Senate, assured of his capacity to deliver on party policies and programmes.
Ndume expressed optimism “that the party leadership would 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 said 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 the APC government in 2015.