Former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, has berated the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, for endorsing Senator Ahmad Lawan as the APC candidate for the position of the next President of the Senate.
He described Oshiomhole’s action as unconstitutional and an unpopular decision unilaterally taken by Oshiomhole.
According to Ndume, the APC Chairman took the decision alone. He added that he consulted President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“It was Adams Oshiomhole that said that Ahmad Lawan should be our next Senate President. I don’t believe that that is truly the position of Mr President.
“Before I went into this contest, I consulted with Mr President and he gave me the go-ahead. I consulted with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and he also gave me the go-ahead immediately after the primaries.”
“I am surprised that the decision was taken and we were not given the chance to ask questions or make comments. The President was called upon to make his remarks and after that we sang the National Anthem.
“Even the chosen candidate was not given the chance to thank us or to say something about it. Those of us that are interested in contesting the position were not even consulted. I left the venue in shock.
“…If this is God’s decision, it will last, if it is not, God will take His own decision. I have a vision for the Senate because the Senate has drifted and is drifting to a position where it will not be able to serve its purpose.”
APC faults Ndume, says he must abide by party’s decision
The ruling party however told Ndume that he must abide by the decision of its Chairman.
According to the APC in a statement through its spokesman, Lanre Isa-Onilu, Senator Ndume has no choice but to abide by the party’s decision if indeed he was a true member of APC, adding that Lawan’s endorsement was not just Oshiomhole’s alone, but that of President Buhari and the National Working Committee, State Governors and other respected party leaders.
“The ticket he is holding belongs to the APC and he cannot go and work with the opposition to give what belongs to the APC to the opposition, like it happened in 2015 when the position of the Deputy Senate President was given to the opposition by some desperate former members of the APC.
“Ndume will be wrong to be calling out the party’s national chairman. The national chairman spoke on behalf of the party. And when we talk of the party in this instance, it is not just about the NWC.
“The President was there when he said it. He did not say anything that the President was not aware of. He did not say anything that the leaders of the APC are not already part of.”