…By Jack Sylva for TDPel Media.
In a recent interview on Arise TV, Ali Ndume, the Senator representing Borno South Senatorial District at the National Assembly, shed light on the dynamics of the senate leadership race.
Ndume revealed that money has become a pivotal factor in determining the outcome of this contest.
Reasons for Withdrawing from the Senate Presidency Race:
Ndume explained that he chose to drop out of the senate presidency race for two main reasons.
Firstly, the presidency requested that he consider withdrawing from the race.
Secondly, there were claims that he lacked the financial resources to distribute among fellow senators.
These factors influenced his decision to step aside.
Supporting Godswill Akpabio:
Ndume, who received 28 votes during his bid for the Senate President in the previous assembly, disclosed that he decided to endorse Godswill Akpabio.
One of the primary reasons for this endorsement was his own financial limitations, as he did not have the means to engage in the race driven by monetary influence.
Additionally, he supported Akpabio based on the principles of stability, fairness, and equity.
The Influence of Money in Senate Leadership:
Expressing his disappointment, Ndume emphasized that the Senate Presidency and leadership tussle has transformed into a contest centered around money, rather than considering factors such as capacity, capability, and other essential qualifications.
This shift in focus has overshadowed the aspects that should hold the utmost importance in selecting a leader for the Senate.
Promoting Stability, Equity, and Justice:
Ndume highlighted the pressing need for stability, equity, justice, and fairness within the country.
He believes that the prevailing tensions, particularly surrounding issues like zoning and religion, demand a leader who can address these concerns effectively.
Thus, when the President advised him to step down and taking into account his financial constraints in competing against moneyed contenders, Ndume decided to lend his support to Akpabio.
Ali Ndume’s statements reveal the influential role money plays in the senate leadership race.
The need for financial resources and the claim that lack of money hindered his own candidacy underline the importance of monetary power in this political contest.
Ndume’s support for Godswill Akpabio aligns with his objective of fostering stability, equity, justice, and fairness in the country.