Senate Presidency; Associates of Ndume debunk social media rumor alleging his withdrawal for Lawan

Senate Presidency; Associates of Ndume debunk social media  rumor alleging his withdrawal Lawan 

By Abdulkareem (Blogger-in-Chief)

A group of concerned Borno stakeholders and associates of Senator Ali Ndume  have on Friday night debunked the rumor trending  on the social media alleging he and  Senator Danjuma Goje have withdrawn from the senate presidency race following a purported meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

The news which had  trended on some social media platforms suggested that Messrs Ndume and Goje have stepped down for Senate Leader , Ahmed Lawan.  

A Facebook Page named "Ugo Nwanne Movement for Change and Progress" published a post that read, "Breaking!!! Danjuma Goje and Ali Ndume drops ambition to support Lawan".  

Reacting to the social media rumor, associates of the Borno senator, led by one Alhaji Samaila Ville, told a select journalists in Maiduguri insisting that the news being spread on the social media "was mischievous and fake."

He said they were "surprised to see the post on social media that our son, Senator Ndume had withdrawn from the senate race after himself and the former governor of Gombe state, Danjuma Goje, had met with the president. 

One of the Facebook Posts
"Though we did not believe the news, but we still had to check with Senator Ndume who had just left for Abuja to ascertain the veracity of such wicked rumor. And his respond was in the negative that he had never, not even for once contemplated backing out of the senate race. 

"We know that the rumor was fake; and we want to categorically tell it to the world, that the race for the presidency of the 9th senate is not all about Senator Ndume; but a collective decision. It all started locally from here; we are the ones that asked him to run after we had massively voted for him for the third time as senator representing Borno South. 

"Even if he is to withdraw, which is not likely, it has to be with the full consent of the stakeholders in Borno state first.  And as at the last time we met with Senator Ndume which was some hours ago, the issue of backing out was never discussed. Besides how can a man that just left Maiduguri late Friday be said to have met with the President on the same day.

"All we want is a level playing ground for all candidates to exercise their rights and freewill in seeking the Senate President seat.  Senator Ndume has never asked for too much by insisting that the seat should be made open to all; and even if it is going to be zone to the northeast, let the aspirants who are all equal in their respective rights go and slog it out. And we the people of Borno stand by him on that.

The controversy surrounding the quest for the President of the 9th senate heated up last week when the National chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomole hinted that the party had zeroed in on the present senate leader, Ahmed Lawan,from Yobe state as the party's anointed candidate. 

Mr. Oshiomole was however on Friday evening featured on a Channels TV talk show,  'Hard Copy' where he contradicted his earlier stand by saying that he "cannot appoint or impose anyone on the senate."

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