Again, Senate presidency creates tension in APC, pits Oshiomhole against Ndume

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.Sen. Ali Ndume has tackled APC chairman Adams Oshiomhole, describing as unconstitutional,  the chairman’s endorsement of Senator Ahmad Lawan as the All Progressives Congress candidate for the position of Senate President of the Ninth National Assembly.

The Borno senator  addressed journalists in Abuja Tuesday, saying that the choice of Lawan was an unpopular decision, unilaterally carried out by the National Chairman of the APC,  Adams Oshiomhole.

According to him,  President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Leader of the party,  Asiwaju Bola Tinubu,  gave him their consent when he approached them for their blessings over his ambition to contest the Senate presidency.

Ndume, however, said he would consult the leaders of the party in the North East and his colleagues who are supporting his aspiration,  before taking a final position on the issue.

“All my colleagues at the occasion yesterday (Monday)  were shocked when Adams Oshiomhole unilaterally announced his decision to endorse Lawan as candidate of the party.

“It is an unpopular decision because I am sure that President Buhari and other leaders of the party are not in support of that action. None of the stakeholders was also consulted.

Senate presidency will be generating a furore in the ranks of the APC in the Senate the secon time–first being the 2015 power play that saw Sen. Bukola Saraki, then on the APC ,clinching the No 3 post despite defying the party decision to give it to Lawan.