Despite the decision of his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), to support Ahmed Lawan as Senate President for the Ninth Assembly, Former Senate leader, Ali Ndume on Monday said he was still in the race for Senate President as well.
Ndume reaffirmed his position shortly after he had a closed door meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting started around 3.20pm when Ndume arrived the Vice President’s office.
Although he is being pressured by the party to drop his ambition, Senator Ndume who represents Borno South, remains one of the frontline aspirants for the position of Senate President for the 9th Senate in June.
However, Senator Ndume refused to talk to State House correspondents on the agenda and outcome of the meeting he had with the Vice President.
He said that he was still consulting and should not make any comments on the meeting.
Speaking on whether or not he would bow to pressure from his party to step down for the party’s candidate, Senator Ahmed Lawan, he rhetorically asked, “Me, step down? I am still consulting.”
Also reminded that he was said to be the opposition’s new bride, he replied, “Me that is regarded as enemy by opposition?”
Senator Ndume was suspended as a Senate leader because of his opposition to the non-confirmation of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and his loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari.
He was the Director of APC Presidential Campaign for the North East.