The Yobe State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has advised Senator Ali Ndume to respect the supremacy of the party and abandon his bid to become the Senate President of the incoming ninth National Assembly.
Abubakar Bakabe, Yobe APC Secretary, offered the advice in an interview on Friday.
According to Bakabe, who hails from the same state as Senator Ahmed Lawan, the Senate Majority Leader and APC’s preferred candidate for the Senate presidency, Senator Ndume must acknowledge that the party’s interest trumps that of every of its registered member.
Making reference to the eighth assembly and the subsequent travails of Senator Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, the Yobe APC Secretary warned Senator Ndume, who represents Borno South senatorial district, to be wary of the consequences of party indiscipline.
“The interest of the party supersedes all other interests,” Bakabe told the News Agency of Nigeria.
“Ndume should avoid the pitfalls of the Bukola Saraki’s Senate presidency, this must not be repeated in the interest of the party, Nigeria and democracy.”
Bakabe said Senator Lawan remains the best candidate to emerge as the Senate President, noting that he would be an asset to the APC-led government in providing credible leadership at the National Assembly.
The Yobe APC member expressed hope that Senator Ndume would accede to the wishes of the party and drop his Senate presidency bid.
“The state chapter of APC expresses optimism that the Borno senator will remain loyal to the party, its leadership and President Muhammadu Buhari.
“As a party, we can not afford to accommodate any sabotage and a divided house after the bitter experience of the last four years.
“The endorsement of Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, for Senate President will provide the required leadership and coordination for the APC-led administration to effectively execute its policies and programmes for the benefit of Nigerians,” he said.