– Senator Ndume said outcome of the Senate presidential election was indeed a victory for democracy
– Ndume said the purpose of his aspiration was not to undermine the process but to ensure that democracy and the rule of law are entrenched in the polity
– The Bauchi South senator, however, appreciated everyone who supported his aspiration for the Senate leadership
Senator Ali Ndume on Wednesday, June 12, disclosed that he did not regret jostling the position of Senate president with the senator representing Yobe North at the upper legislative chamber, Ahmad Lawan.
Premium Times reports that Ndume said the purpose of his aspiration was not to undermine the process but to ensure that democracy and the rule of law are entrenched in the polity.
The senator who made this known in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Mohammed Alfa, said: “appreciation to everyone who must have supported his aspiration for the Senate leadership.
“Even though I did not clinch the position, it was, however, a worthy effort as it added value and credibility to the process because it ensured fairness and justice to all the contenders.”
The statement read: “The purpose of his aspiration was not to undermine the process but to ensure that democracy and the rule of law are entrenched in the polity, adding that, the outcome of the election was indeed a victory for democracy.
“While congratulating all the winners for their hard-earned victories, he (Ndume) noted that those who lost equally deserve commendation for being steadfast and courageous in the face of whatever misgivings, as their actions gave the exercise legitimacy.
“The former Senate leader said irrespective of all that transpired, senators are members of one family; that despite the political divide, members of the legislature must remain united in working for a better Nigeria by ensuring that the 9th Senate achieves just that, especially now that a leader has emerged through a credible, transparent, fair and just process.
“Senator Ndume also assured that the relationship between him and all his colleagues in the Senate is cordial and mutually exclusive to the enthronement of an egalitarian society which every Nigerian will be proud of in due course.”
It was earlier reported that Senator Ali Ndume on Tuesday, June 11, pledged to work with the newly elected Senate president, Ahmed 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.