Dozens of Senators elected under the platform of the People Democratic Party (PDP) have defied the directive given to them yesterday by the National Working Committee of the party to vote in Senator Ali Ndume as the Senate President.
This has given room for the election, with a landslide, of Senator Ahmed Lawan who was edged out last year by a similar directive from the PDP to its members.
Senator Ahmed Lawan emerged Senate President with a vote margin of 79 as against 28 for Senator Ali Ndume.
He was immediately sworn in by the Clerk of the Senate.
Below is the public communication of the said PDP’s NWC directive:
“Nass Leadership: PDP Endorses Ali Ndume, Umar Bago
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after very extensive consultations with critical stakeholders resolves to support Senator Ali Ndume and Hon. Umar Mohammed Bago for Senate President and Speaker of House of Representatives respectively, ahead of National Assembly inauguration on Tuesday.
The final resolution on Senator Ndume and Hon. Bago was reached at the end of a decisive meeting of members of the National Working Committee, party leaders, state governors as well as senators and members-elect on the platform of the PDP.
This decision is in the best interest of the nation, in line with our party’s determination to deepen democracy, ensure a strong and independent legislature, strict compliance with the principle of separation of powers as well as constitutional checks and balances in the polity.
All senators and members-elect on the platform of the PDP are to be guided accordingly.
Sen. Umar Ibrahim Tsauri