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Senate Presidency; Borno group debunk Facebook post that Ndume has withdrawn for Lawan

By Ahmed Abu, The Nigerian Voice, Maiduguri
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As PDP planned against APC over the 9th senate presidency following controversies surrounding the replacement of Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki and the battle between Senator Ali Ndume of Borno state and Senator Ahned Lawan of Yobe state.

Concerned Borno South Senator, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume have last night debunked a trending social media posts that the lawmaker has withdrawn from the 9th Senate presidency race in support of Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan.

The social media have been trending on Facebook post suggesting that Senators Muhammed Ali Ndume and his co-contender Danjuma Goje, have withdrawn from the senate presidency race following a purported meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Reacting to the social media rumour, some concerned Borno group and associates of the former senate leader, held a press conference Friday night to debunk the story.

Spokesman of the group, Samaila Ville, told journalists in Maiduguri that the news being spread on the social media “was mischievous and fake.”

'We were surprised to see the post on social media that our son, Senator Ndume had withdrawn from the senate race after himself and the former governor of Gombe state, Danjuma Goje, had met with the president.

“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 response 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 afternoon 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 zoned 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.

"We are also happy to hear the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomole, saying on Channels TV Hard Copy program that he cannot appoint or impose anyone on the Senate. Let him stick to that and allow democracy to prevail in the election of who becomes the next Senate President.