9th Assembly: Too late for me to withdraw now, says Ndume

June 10, 2019
133 Views

With less than 24 hours to the election of principal officers of the 9th assembly, one of the major contenders for the position of the Senate President, Senator Ali Ndume, says he it is too late for him to withdraw from the race.

With the exit of Sen. Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe) from the race for the Senate presidency, there are speculations that Ndume would also step down if summoned for a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

However, while reacting to the development, Ndume on Sunday assured that he would not step down for Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe) even if invited to Aso Rock.

ALSO READ: Senate Presidency: Ndume loses 99 out of 109 senators

On why he cannot withdraw from the race, Ndume said “stepping down at this period will be disastrous to my political career and it’s not necessary because there’s no one and convincing reason for me to stepdown.

“Why are you asking whether I’ve withdrawn or not? I’ve been in the race ab initio; Goje did not at any time formally announce that he was contesting for the Senate presidency.

“It’s too late for me to withdraw; we’ve passed that level because there’s no reason for that. Afterall, give me one reason why I should withdraw.”

On if he would meet with Buhari if summoned, Ndume said: “If Mr. President asks me to meet him is a different matter. He’s my leader, I will honour the invitation but stepping down is another thing.

“If he calls me anytime, I will go and discuss with him, but the issue of Senate presidency is an entirely different thing.

“I do visit the president even without invitation; but stepping down at this period will be disastrous to my political career and it’s not necessary because there’s no one and convincing reason for me to stepdown.”

You may be interested

Nigerian Man Kills Chinese National After Being Deported For Abusing A Horse
News
News

Nigerian Man Kills Chinese National After Being Deported For Abusing A Horse

Webby - August 15, 2022

A 24-year-old Nigerian man, Robert Omo has been arrested and dragged to court for allegedly killing a 59-year-old Chinese national…

[Updated] Ilebaye, Khalid evicted from BBNaija show; see how viewers voted
News
3 views
News
3 views

[Updated] Ilebaye, Khalid evicted from BBNaija show; see how viewers voted

Webby - August 15, 2022

Two housemates, Ilebaye and Khalid, in the ongoing television reality show,  Big Brother Naija, season 7, have been evicted from…

Why I won’t resign as Minister — Keyamo
News
4 views
News
4 views

Why I won’t resign as Minister — Keyamo

Webby - August 15, 2022

I–Accuses PDP of being behind call for his resignation–Says he uses personal car to do govt functionsBy Johnbosco AgbakwuruThe Interim…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.