Ninth Senate: Ndume congratulates Lawan, promises to work with him
Senator Ali Ndume on Tuesday pledged to work with the newly elected Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and his deputy, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.
Speaking immediately after the election, which he lost to Lawan, the Borno South Senator said that he will work with Lawan in the interest of the country.
He described Lawan as a well experienced lawmaker, who is four years ahead of him.
He explained that he happily went into the election for the position of Senate President in line with democratic norms.
Ndume expressed optimism that the All Progressives Congress (APC) would not see his action as a rebellion but as an act to deepen democracy in the country.
He asserted that his action made the election of Senate President credible.
Ndume said: “Ahmed Lawan is my brother who is well experienced having been here four years ahead of me.
“I will give him all the necessary supports. 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.”
Ndume was the main challenger to Lawan in election that Senator Ahmed Lawan won 79 votes.
For Ndume, election time is over.
He said: “This is the time to settle down to face legislative functions.”