Senator Ali Ndume, a member of the National Assembly, has dismissed the current political ambition of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, as a pipe dream.
Saraki, who recently defected from the ruling APC to the main opposition PDP, is aspiring to be the country’s next president in the 2019 general elections.
Ndume, an APC senator representing Borno South, was a strong ally of the senate president until they fell out in 2017.
Speaking as a guest on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja, the lawmaker said Saraki was not a threat to President Muhammadu Buhari’s second-term bid.
Ndume said the senate president could only win election in his home State of Kwara, adding that Nigerians would reject him at the polls if he got that far.
“I think it is good he is going for the presidency of Nigeria and he will see that it is only Kwara people that will vote for him, not Nigerians.
“We are waiting, or at best you will see that may be people from North-Central will vote (for him) because he is from North-Central, but I don’t think Saraki will be Nigeria’s president.
“When somebody cannot manage the Senate. How can he manage Nigeria?
“When you present President Buhari and Saraki for people to choose from, you know it is very clear. The difference is very clear.” Since his declaration for the presidential race, Saraki has said at different fora that the country was in dire need of a leader like him with the “demonstrable capacity to unite the nation”.
But Ndume said he could not be trusted with the country’s leadership, having used his position as senate president to “antagonise and sabotage” the current government.
Where we got it wrong was where Senate President Saraki thought that the Senate is independent.
“The truth is that the legislature is not independent to the extent of operating like a different country.
“In America, the Vice President is the Senate President. Is the Vice President not a subordinate to the president?
“If it were in Nigeria, Saraki would have been the Vice President. Would he be sabotaging his principal?
“The senate is supposed to support the government, not to sabotage the government, not to antagonise the government.”
Ndume and Saraki were strong allies and members of the bipartisan Like Minds Group in the Senate formed to, among others, protect the legislature against undue interference.
Ndume said their problem started when he discovered that Saraki was pursuing a personal agenda against national interest for which the group was founded.
The rift got to a head with the removal of the Borno lawmaker as Majority Leader of the Senate and his subsequent suspension for six months.
BREAKING: Supreme Court Rejects Zamfara APC’s Request For Judgment’s Review
The Supreme Court has dismissed the application by the Abdulaziz Yari faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for a review of its May 24, 2019 judgment in the intra-party dispute in the Zamfara APC.
In a majority ruling on Friday, four members of a five-member panel, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, dismissed the application on the grounds that it was without merit.
Justice Inyang Okoro, in the lead judgment, held that the ruling was a gross abuse of the process of the court.
Justice Okoro proceeded to award cost of N2million against the applicant.
In a dissenting judgment, Justice Centus Nweze held that the court ought to have reviewed the judgment by setting aside the consequential order which made the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the ultimate beneficiary of the intra-party crisis in the Zamfara APC.
Justice Nweze noted that the Supreme Court has reviewed its decision before and should be bold enough to admit where there are errors that ought to be rectified.
He dismissed the objection raised by the respondents, upheld the application and granted the prayers sought.
BREAKING: Bauchi Governor In Self-Isolation After Contact With Atiku’s Son
Bauchi Governor Bala Mohammed is now in self-isolation over fears of contracting coronavirus after his contact with the son of Atiku Abubakar, the state’s Chief of Staff, Ladan Salihu said.
Atiku made a public disclosure via Twitter on Sunday evening about his son testing positive to the pandemic.
Reactions, mostly sympathies, have trailed the announcement since although the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, is yet to acknowledge the development.
Through his Twitter handle this afternoon, Dr. Salihu explained that Governor Mohammed, alongside his entourage, met with the Vice President’s son while on flight from Lagos to Abuja.
He added that they all have also taken test and are expecting the result as at the time of this report.
The tweet reads:
“Our Governor Bala Mohammed in self isolation following contact with Atiku Abubakar’s Son. Yes. We were on the same flight from Lagos to Abuja. They shook hands and exchanged pleasantries. The Gov and the rest of us have taken tests. The results will be negative in sha Allah.”
So far, NCDC has confirmed 36 cases of Coronavirus from Abuja, Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti, and Oyo states and one death.
My Achievements In One Year Will Shock Imo People — Uzodinma
Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, says that he will shock the people of the state with breathtaking achievements in the next 12 months of his administration.
He said that his policies will change the landscape of the state and make the people rejoice over his election as the state governor.
Governor Uzodinma made this solemn promise during a church service in honour of the Auxiliary Bishop of Owerri Archdiocese, Most Rev. Moses Chikwe last Sunday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Uzoagba Ikeduru LGA of Imo state.
He asked that people do not judge him by the records of past leaders of the state rather with what he is able to do with his mandate as governor.
“Within the next 12 months, you will see a great difference. My government will shock you with breathtaking achievements that will change Imo State for good,” the governor boasted.
“You will be happy that you elected me your governor and you will know that my mandate is destined by God.”
However, he enjoined the people of the state to give his government all the necessary support, admitting that he cannot succeed without the support of the church and the people.
Concluding, he added that Imo people should see his mandate as one ordained by God and be rest assured that he will not fail them
Meanwhile, he has reassured the people of his government’s readiness to battle the dreaded coronavirus pandemic, asking them not to entertain fear.
The Governor attended the church program in company of his deputy, Prof. Placid Njoku and other government functionaries.
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