Senator Ali Ndume (APC-Borno South) has berated the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for backing Senator Ahmed Lawan for the position of Senate President for the 9th National Assembly.
Speaking to Premium Times, Ndume has accused his party of engaging in illegality by declaring a candidate for the seat as a favourite.
The third term senator argued that the ruling party was to treat all members equally and provide an atmosphere for free contest among qualified lawmakers.
“I am confident of winning. Anytime I do the numbers I see it and I am confident that we will get there. My colleagues are in my support. What the party, or the party chairman wants to do is wrong. It is only patriotic for me to say this is wrong, and it should change.
“I am only hoping that the national chairman will rescind on his decision to impose a candidate, to anoint a candidate or even to recommend a particular candidate because it contravenes the party constitution, it also contravenes the national constitution, and it also runs against natural justice,” he said.
Senator Ndume stated that the leadership of the APC insisting on a particular candidate was a breach of principles of equality and freedom of participation.