A group of Borno State citizens under the aegis of Concerned Borno Citizens has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfil his purported pledge to Senator Ali Ndume by publicly endorsing the lawmaker for the office of the Senate President in the incoming ninth National Assembly.
The group said this in a statement issued by Yakubu Umar, its spokesperson, on Monday.
According to the group, President Buhari had reportedly given Senator Ndume, representing Borno South senatorial district, the nod to contest for the upper chamber’s topmost office, and had even supposedly endorsed the lawmaker.
The group expressed surprise as to why the All Progressives Congress (APC) endorsed Seantor Ahmed Lawan, the Senate Majority Leader, for the office instead of Senate Ndume.
The statement read, “We decided to come out publicly to mobilise support for Ndume last month when he confided in us that he had discussed his ambition with Mr. President.
“President Buhari did not only agree that Ndume should contest but also endorsed him; which was what encouraged him to step out in preparation for the contest.”
The Borno group reminded the president of his promise to reward all loyal APC members should he win his re-election bid, stating that now is the time to fulfil his pledge to persons such as Senator Ndume by endorsing the lawmaker’s Senate presidency bid.
It further warned President Buhari to be careful of persons who would sabotage his administration from within the ruling APC.
The group recommended that the president should scrutinise both Senators Ndume and Lawan to decipher which of the aspirants is a much more loyal party member and an experienced legislator to emerge as the next Senate President.
“President Buhari in December last year unreservedly made an undertaking to handsomely reward any party member who works very hard for him to win his re-election bid.
“Our group which boasts of former governors, former ministers and other leaders of the APC in Borno State want Ndume to be considered for the position because our state gave the party over 90 per cent of the votes from the state in the just concluded election.
“President Buhari should not suffer further sabotage by allowing a wrong person to be elected as the Ninth Senate President.
“The President should personally subject antecedents of Senators Ndume and Lawan to scrutiny to determine who is more loyal, experienced or qualify to be Senate president.
“In terms of lawmaking administrative experience, Ndume was first a Minority Leader in the House of Representatives and later the Majority Leader in the Senate before Lawan,” the statement read.