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As the jostle for powers thickens,Senators in the national assembly contesting the seat of the Senate President are doing all they can to outwit their opponents.
Ali Ndume former Senate Leader, has said he will emerge as the Senate President of the Ninth National Assembly.
The senator made this assertion while fielding questions with journalists in Lagos on Monday.
He said he has done his home work,and was confident he will emerge winner because he had the support of his colleagues in the Senate and the leaders of the All Progressives Congress.
He said, “We have 109 senators and each of them have one vote. If you are contesting to be the Senate President, you have to reach out. But at the beginning, I was cautious because I am a party man. So, when the party said ‘don’t go there,’ I did not.
“But the party came out again and said, ‘You can reach out to them now,’ so I reached out to them.
“So far, the response I am getting from my colleagues from the APC and other parties is very encouraging. I am in this race to win; I am talking to everybody. I have the telephone numbers of all the 109 senators-elect and I call them.
“I have written the party, indicating my intention to contest. Even my national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, publicly said they only recommended Lawan and not that they are stopping anybody.
“As I speak with you, nobody has consulted me to say ‘don’t run for Senate President’. Everybody has the constitutional right to do that.”
Ndume, who represents Borno South in the Senate,promise to make the Office of the Senate President less attractive by reducing the unnecessary privileges attached to the office.
The third time Senator promised to “work harmoniously and inter-dependently with the executive without undermining the principle of separation of power.”