Senate president election was free, fair, says Ndume

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FREEPRESS – Senator Ali Ndume (APC-Borno) on Tuesday, described the conduct of the Senate presidential election for the ninth National Assembly as “free and fair.”

Ndume, who made the remark while fielding questions from newsmen shortly after the poll in Abuja, said the election was not a fight but a contest.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ndume and Senator Ahmad Lawan contested for the number one seat of the ninth Senate.

While Lawan polled 79 votes to emerge the winner, Ndume scored 28 votes out of the total votes of 107.

He said his involvement in the contest had given the process, credibility.

“Now, my colleagues have decided. But whatever the result, the election was free and fair which is what we have to do.

“I hope that the party will also agree with me that what I did was to insist on doing the right thing in the interest of democracy.

“I think the right thing has been done and my fate has been decided by the Almighty Allah this day through my colleagues,” he said.

“I begged Allah and my colleagues for the position of the Senate president and I did my best in order to achieve this,” he said.

Ndume, who said that he had accepted his fate, pledged to support Lawan to succeed, “This is so because his success is our success,” he said.

“I’m okay. I will sleep very well today and you know, I was looking forward to this day because I worked very hard,” he said.

(NAN)

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