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2023: Ndume insists on Southern Presidency, rejects Lawan


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The Chairman Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, has insisted on Southern Presidency in the coming 2023 elections.

He also rejected the idea of Senate President Ahmad Lawan as the consensus presidential candidate of the Senate caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Lawan’s allies, including Senator Yusuf Yusuf (APC, Taraba), Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger) and a former lawmaker, Senator Abdullahi Gumel, are reported to be pushing for his endorsement.

The move, which started before the Senators’ Sallah recess, has polarised the parliament that is made of 71 APC, 37 PDP and one YPP member.

In a chat with newsmen, Ndume said those behind the idea have not contacted him, because “They know my position.”

However, Ndume, who is leading the presidential campaign team of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, said it’s the turn of the South to rule the nation.

“I have nothing against Ahmad Lawan; he is my colleague but I have everything against injustice. I won’t support even my biological brother. Fielding a northerner is tantamount to injustice and tantamount to a third term. The so-called northern elders that are pushing it are doing so to perpetuate injustice.

“It’s the turn of the South and we have to support them to actualise this. I’m disappointed with those that are pushing this. I had since taken position even before my alignment with Amaechi,” he said.

The ruling party had fixed its primaries for May 30 and June 1, where its flag bearer for the presidency would be elected.

Other aspirants eyeing the APC ticket include Dave Umahi (Ebonyi ), Dr Chris Ngige (Anambra), Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba (Imo), Senator Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Ihechukwu Dallas Chima (Abia), Usman Iwu (Imo), Ben Ayade (Cross River), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim (Kwara), Mr Tein Jack-Rich (Rivers), Yahaya Bello (Kogi) and Adamu Garba II (Adamawa).

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