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Senate Presidency: Ndume faults Oshiomhole over adoption of Ahmed Lawan

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The Senator representing Borno South in the National Assembly, Ali Ndume, has faulted the decision of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Party, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, adopting Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, as the Senate President of the ninth Assembly.

Mr Lawan was said to have been endorsed by the leadership of the APC as well as all the Senators-elect under the party during a dinner with President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock last night.

However, Mr Ndume, while addressing newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja, said that the choice of Lawan was an unpopular and unconstitutional decision.

He described Mr Oshiomhole’s decision as being unilateral.

According to him, Lawan’s imposition by the party leadership contravenes Section 50 (1) (A) of the 1999 constitution (as amended) which gave the Senators-elect the right to elect their leaders on the day of inauguration.

Mr Ndume, however, said he would consult the leaders of the party in the North-East and his colleagues who are supporting his aspiration, before taking a final position on the issue.

“All my colleagues at the occasion yesterday (Monday) were shocked when Adams Oshiomhole unilaterally announced his decision to endorse Lawan as the candidate of the party.

“It is an unpopular decision because I am sure that President Buhari and other leaders of the party are not in support of that action. None of the stakeholders was also consulted,” he added.

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