Senator Yahaya Abdullahi, chairman of the Ahmad Lawan Campaign Group, has hailed Senator Ali Ndume’s relentless ambition to become senator president as a pointer to how credible the contest is.
According to Abdullahi, this has shown that the process is Democratic as it allows everyone to vote or be voted for.
”Democracy is a contest and there is beauty in the contest and that is what I told Ndume about an hour ago, that we appreciate that you are making democracy in Nigeria to really work.
”It gives credibility to the entire process. If we had just gone and ….already, people are saying that we have been annointed, we have been stampeded into that; that is a very wrong perception,” he said.
He went on to hail Senator Lawan for his track record of being a leader in the 8th assembly.
”Under normal parliamentary practice, if a party wins an election, the leader of that party in the Senate, without any contest, moves in and take over the leadership.
”That is what happens in the United States when democrats won the election in the House of Representatives,” he said.
Abdullahi added that such is obtainable even in the British system of government.
”So under normal circumstances, we stand on a very strong position, and they know us and we know them,” he said.
He stated that it would have been challenging for the group if their candidate was bad.
”If our candidate was that bad, since we started this contest late February, the issue would have come out.
”If he was corrupt or has stolen money, it would have come out in the public domain.
”But the fact that it hasn’t, it means that we are on good course,” he said.