Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) has disagreed with the position taken by the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan should be the next Senate President.
The Adams Oshiomhole-led APC national leadership recommended Lawan to President Muhammadu Buhari during a meeting with senators-elect for the 9th Assembly in Abuja on Monday night.
Meanwhile, Ndume, a former Senate Leader, said while briefing journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, that the APC leadership’s nomination of Lawan is a wrong decision as APC senators-elect were not consulted. Lawan noted that majority of the APC senators are unhappy with the decision, while adding that the APC leadership’s decision did not reflect the true position of what President Buhari wants.
“All my colleagues at the occasion yesterday (Monday) were shocked when Adams Oshiomhole unilaterally announced his decision to endorse Lawan as the candidate of the party.
“It is an unpopular decision because I am sure that President Buhari and other leaders of the party are not in support of that action. None of the stakeholders was also consulted,” he added.
Ndume said he had consulted with President Buhari and APC national leader Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, and they both gave him the go-ahead to contest for the Senate President’s position.