Senator Ali Ndume, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, has rejected the concept of Senate President Ahmad Lawan as the All Progressives Congress’s consensus presidential candidate in the Senate caucus (APC).
Senator Yusuf Yusuf (APC, Taraba), Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger), and a former legislator, Senator Abdullahi Gumel, are among Lawan’s sympathisers in parliament.
The move, which began before to the Senate’s Sallah holiday, has split the parliament, which is composed of 71 APC members, 37 PDP members, and one YPP member.
Senators began a break last week to allow for Eid-el-Fitr celebrations. They are scheduled to recommence on Tuesday, May 10.
INdume stated that the individuals behind the concept had not approached him because “they are aware of my views.”
Ndume, who is headed the presidential campaign team of Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi, stated that it is the South’s turn to control the country.
“I have nothing against Ahmad Lawan; he is a colleague; but, I am completely opposed to injustice. I will not even support my biological brother. Fielding a northerner would be unjust and would imply a third term. It is being pushed by so-called northern elders in order to prolong injustice.
“It is the South’s turn, and we must assist them in realising this. I’m disappointed in those who advocate for this. I had already adopted a position prior to my alliance with Amaechi,” he explained.
Other contestants for the APC ticket are Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Dr Chris Ngige (Anambra), Emeka Nwajiuba (Imo), Senator Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Ihechukwu Dallas Chima (Abia), Usman Iwu (Imo), Ben Ayade (Cross River), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Gbenga Olawepo-H (Adamawa)
The ruling party has scheduled primaries for May 30 and June 1 to determine its presidential candidate.