Senator Ali Ndume who is the only opponent against Senator Ahmed Lawan for the post of Senate President has insisted that he would not publish the names of his supporters ahead of June 11 election at the House of Senate.
He said Nigerians may witness on June 11 what played out in 2015 when Bukola Saraki emerged as the Senate President against the wish of President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
On June 11, 2019, 109 Senators will be electing another Senate President who will steer the affairs of the Upper Legislative Chamber for the next four years.
While other contestants for the No. 3 post have been persuaded to step down for Senator Lawan, his remaining rival Ndume insisted that he would give the Yobe Senator a good fight for the exalted position.
Lawan is the anointed candidate of President Buhari, the party, and APC National Leader Bola Tinubu.
Senator Danjuma Goje who was vying for the position was invited by Buhari to Aso Rock last week and prevailed on him to step down for Lawan.
But the confident Ndume said he isn’t perturbed by the endorsements by making reference to how Bukola Saraki emerged as the Senate President in 2015 despite Buhari’s endorsement.
Ndume, who is representing Borno South District at the National Assembly, said his main focus is votes and not endorsements.
According to him, endorsing a candidate doesn’t mean victory for a candidate in an election.
Ndume who was rumoured to be having a political romance with PDP Senator said, “Well, I’ve said before that I am not looking for endorsement but looking for votes on election day. You know clearly that there is a difference between endorsement and election,” Ndume was quoted as saying by TheCable.
Recalled that a few hours ago, a list of over 60 Senators-elect who endorsed Lawan surfaced online.
Lawan had also been endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) just the way they did in 2015 before the outgoing President of the Senate shocked them by emerging the winner, which APC described as a legislative coup.
Ndume said Lawan lost to Saraki despite the endorsement of APC and President Buhari in 2015.
He said he’s optimistic of shocking Lawan “We have seen endorsements against several elections. We are there already and it shall become past in a question of hours from now.”
Ndume who insinuated that he’s more qualified than Lawan said “I believe that my colleagues shall vote according to their conscience and they shall vote for a candidate that is more suitable for the position of the senate president. I am not bothered about endorsement rather, I am more worried about the election.”
He said he would be going into the election which is expected to hold on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 with confidence that his supporters would vote for him.
Ndume said he didn’t believe in publishing the names of the senior lawmakers that will be casting their votes for him.
In a related development, there are indications that the election may be decided through secret ballot method, according to The Punch, which will make the 9th National Assembly election more dramatic.