– Ali Ndume says he should be commended for contesting for the position Senate president
– The senator said his insistence on contesting has portrayed the party as democratic
– According to him, it would have dented the image of the party if Lawan had won without an election
Senator Ali Ndume has called the All Progressives Congress (APC) to commend him for insisting on running in the election of the Senate president of the ninth Senate.
Ndume scored 28 votes against Lawan who polled 79 votes.
According to the senator, his insistence on contesting has portrayed the party as democratic, Premium Times reports.
He disclosed this while addressing journalists after the election. He insisted that he had no regret losing the election.
“Party or democracy without election is not democracy,” he said.
“That is why it is very important to stand for and defend the constitution. Section 50 (1), that the Senators shall elect the senate president and his deputy from among themselves and that was what happened.
When they did that election, I got 28 or thereabout, that is democracy in action, no matter the imperfection.
“I insisted on secret balloting because in democracy, an election must be seen to be free and fair and this election was conducted freely and fairly through the open secret balloting which gives credibility to the process.
“If I had agreed with the anointment of Ahmad Lawan as the Senate president, in line with the directive of the party, there won’t have been an election and it would have dented the image of the party and the government. That is why I don’t see myself as a loser. I have won and I think the party should commend me,” he said.