Senate Presidency: Oshiomhole, Not APC, Anointed Ahmed Lawan – Ali Ndume


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Sen. Ali Ndume (APC – Borno South) has accused embattled National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole of imposing Sen. Ahmed Lawan (APC – Yobe North) as the preferred candidate of the party for the Senate Presidency in the 9th National Assembly.

Ndume, who has vowed to contest for the position, noted that what appeared to be the ruling party’s endorsement of Lawan was the hand of Oshiomhole.

He added that no man could stop who God had appointed.

In a chat with Premium Times, Ndume said:

God gives power to whoever he wants, at the time he wants. It is not the party, it is God. So, if God says I am the one and the party says it is somebody else, whoever is going to be? It is the one that God has destined. So, that is one. And two, the party did not anoint a candidate, the party chairman anointed a candidate and the party chairman is different from the party. And even if as it stands, the National Working Committee has endorsed a particular candidate, that is a recommendation that cannot be enforceable until the party’s NEC (National Executive Council) approves or rectifies that decision. I cannot remember a meeting by the national caucus to discuss such a thing, I cannot remember the National Executive Committee discussing this. So, I feel up till now that this decision to the largest extent is that of the National Working Committee or Adam Oshiomhole, the National Chairman.

I am in contact with many of the NWC members and they told me that is the decision of the national chairman, not the NWC even though it is reflected that they discussed that during the meeting but it was just the idea. When they said there was consultation, I have not been consulted and I believe as a contender I am a stakeholder too. This is being the position, the national chairman of the party has endorsed Ahmed Lawan but as I said, power belongs to God, he gives it to whoever he wants. I am making my contacts to my colleagues and I am in the race and at the end God’s will will prevail.

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