Abuja – Ali Ndume, representing Borno South Senatorial District, who contested and lost the office of Senate President, has appealed to his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), not to see his action as an act of rebellion.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after the election, Ndume congratulated Ahmad Lawan, who won the contest, and promised to work with him in the interest of the country.
He described Lawan as an experienced lawmaker who was four years ahead of him, adding that he happily contested the election in tandem with democratic practice.
Ndume said he hoped his party, the APC, would not see his action as an act of rebellion but an action to deepen democracy.
He said what he did made the election of the Senate President credible, adding, “Ahmad Lawan is my brother who is well experienced, having been here four years ahead of me.
“I will give him all the necessary support. I insisted on contesting against him in order to deepen democracy.
“I hope the party would agree with me that what I did was in the interest of democracy, and I do know that power belongs to God.
“It’s God’s will that my colleague becomes the president.
“I will do all I can, with others, for him to succeed because his success is our success.”
In an interaction with our correspondent, Senator Isiaku Abo (Adamawa), who nominated Ndume during the inauguration of the 9th Senate, lamented that the nation had suffered in the past four years, saying “we have faced so many problems”.
He added: “Just like any other Nigerian, because I am first a Nigerian before I became a senator, I am expecting good thing from this government and this Senate will support the executive arm of government to see that we deliver good things for the people.”
Congratulating Lawan and Ovie Omo-Agege, the immediate past Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, appreciated his colleagues, constituents, and Nigerians for their support, noting that he had made his point.
Ekweremadu, who took to his social media handles after the inauguration of the 9th Senate, said: “I congratulate the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, and my successor as Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, on their elections.
“I specially appreciate my colleagues who supported me as I vied for the office again to preserve the hallowedness and honour of the Senate and uphold equity as a priceless ingredient for building a Nigeria of our dreams.
“I have made my point and my colleagues have made their choice. It is now for us all to join hands across all divides to work for the success of the 9th Senate and National Assembly as well as the peace and prosperity of our nation.”