Ayodele Samuel, Lagos
The Buhari- Osinbajo North East Support Group, has endorsed for Senate Leader, Mohammed Ali Ndume for the position of Senate President of the 9th National Assembly.
The group in a statement signed by its Coordinator Hon Salisu Sabo and issued to the press yesterday, claimed that supporters of President Buhari and APC stakeholders from the six states in the North East are also behind Senator Ndume.
Sabo stated that among those gunning to lead the Red Chamber from the Northeast, Ndume is the most experienced, will the requisite capacity to lead a National Assembly that will deliver the ideologies of the APC to the people.
“Senator Ali Ndume is a high ranking senator who has accumulated a lot of experience in the National Assembly as Minority leader in the House of Representative and Majority leader in the 8th Senate and who is a core Buharist.
He added that ”The office of the Senate president requires a sharp and cerebral mind who has an institutional memory of the working of the legislature at all levels and promotion of multi-sectoral and stakeholders partnerships to facilitate sound legislation for good governance,”.
The group insisted that Nigeria needs a Senate president that is seen to be associated with popular aspirations and at the same time, would address national issues from the point of view of a statesman.
“We therefore call on all the distinguished Senators elect to vote Senator Ali Ndume as President of the 9th Senate, not just for the urgent task of the state healing and reconciliation but also towards the equally big task of stability, progress and justice to all irrespective of social, ethnic and religious background.”, the group stated.
According to the group, Ndume has given political recognition to the North East, especially through constructive engagement with the Executive in the handling of insurgency, having built and sustained bridges across the various stakeholders within our national polity and internationally.