Published On: Tue, May 21st, 2019

Senate Presidency: Ndume, history beckons

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By Abdul Jelil Adebayo

The race for the senate presidency is getting hotter by the day and the chicken will soon come home to roost. June 11th, 2019 is not too far away as many wont to think, but the gladiators are also not getting tired as to clinch the coveted crown of the nation’s number three man. As economists do say, barring any unforeseen circumstances, it is certain where the pendulum will shift to. Indeed everywhere you go and the issue of the senate presidency race is mentioned, Ndume is always top on the lips of everyone that is following the conversation with keen interest.
There are many factors that are giving Ndume the edge, he is not relenting whether the godfather is supporting him or not, he has gone through that part before, less than 100days to the 2011 elections, the godfather of Borno politics and the incumbent governor then, Ali Modu Sherriff told Ndume that his (Sheriff) sandal would beat him in the contest for the senatorial seat in Borno south senatorial district. Ndume had no option but to cross over to the then ruling party, PDP and less than three months to the election he won convincingly putting the godfather to permanent shame. The same God that gave him that victory is still on the throne and He will do what He knows best. Putting those who think without them no one can survive to political shame. You don’t fight who God favours, ask King Saul, Adonijah Absalom.
And in the national assembly, once you are elected, certainly for now on a political party platform, and you enter either the green chamber or the red chamber as the two chambers are known, going by the colour of their seats, your locality is swallowed by the chamber and you become for instance, a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, that is the practice worldwide and it won’t be different on June 11th. The interest of the country matters most.
And the election of principal officers before now has been through secret balloting and threats of those who will not stand with the cohesive language will have the freedom to elect their leaders without anyone looking over their shoulders. And even those the godfather is banking on are going to prove that it is not headmaster and pupils class. These are men that have paid their dues and are known and considered as egg heads that will make laws for the good of the country. And they are crying silently that they have the right just as those that voted for them had the choice to elect them, so they should not be coarse into submission. And they will certainly do what seemeth right going by their conscience.
Ndume has repeatedly told those who cared to listen that he is a son of nobody and God has made him somebody by His grace. Going spiritual to an extent, David was nobody but God made him somebody. Abraham had no godfather but harken to the instructions of God and today we all crave for Abrahamic blessing. In the same vein, Methuselah was the oldest recorded man in the world and only a verse was attributed to him, while Solomon was 20 years old when God made him a king and we have so many chapters telling us about him and his wisdom. It is not how long you have been in the political arena, or even in the national assembly, but how well. Let all the contestants present their scorecard and let the senators judge and see who has performed better. Performance is not hearsay but factual for everyone to see. And anyone who could do well with the little given can certainly do better and great when much is accorded him. Ndume has proved this to the letter.
It is not arrogance but the truth is that every senator in this 9th senate is qualified to be the president, but all cannot be on the driver seat and going by the present permutation that the north east geo political zone should present the candidate, the elders and the stakeholders including the masses from the zone have thrown their weight behind Ndume. Series of press conferences and support groups are clamouring for Ndume and he has said that it wasn’t a do or die affair, but he is in the race to serve the people of Nigeria and not any godfather.
He has gone through thick and thin of political tutelage with scars and wounds to show for his battles with the hawks and lions in the wilderness of politics. And has remained untainted and always coming out victorious and this will also go through. He is not prodded by anyone, but his conviction to give back to the society for always staying behind him when the odds do not favour him. He wants to genuinely serve the nation and his people especially the internally displaced people of the north east.
When party loyalists are mentioned, Ndume has proved to all that he is shoulder high, as his defence for party policies and ideas had been defended with all his might that consumed him in the process costing him his exalted position of a senate leader. Today he can raise his shoulder and say without stammering that he has paid the price. His opponent was there when two party members were sent parking for six months each on suspension. He did as if he was not the leader of the party in the senate.
Ndume has promised that it will be all inclusive administration where every senator will have equal access to the funds of the senate. Before now it was the prerogative of the first among equals to determine who goes on foreign trips, but Ndume has promised that a committee will be in charge. He has promised to include former senators as consultants to gain from their experiences while in the red chamber. This is a noble desire and should be supported by well meaning senators.
In summary Ndume wants to be first among equal because he has all the necessary qualities of a senate president. He is a faithful and loyal party man, an accommodating, philanthropist, humane, loved by most he comes in contact with. He is bold and does not shy from speaking the truth. His shoulders are big enough to bear the burdens of the less priviledge, because he has passed through that road before. Those who have passed though his path have memorable stories to give. He is for this moment, the best option for the 9th senate presidency. Ndume, by the grace of God is the next senate president, to God be the glory.
Abdul is an Abuja based journalist, can be reached via, 08023263243

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