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The ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed pleasure with the removal of former Senate Majority Leader Senator Ali Ndume, which led to Senator Ahmed Lawan’s emergence as his replacement.
APPC in reaction to the development in a statement signed by Bolaji Abdullahi, the party national publicity secretary on Tuesday, January 10, said it views the change in leadership “as concrete expression of faith by the APC Senate Caucus in our efforts to resolve the lingering issues that have trailed the election of Senate leadership”.
The party said that Ndume’s removal as Senate majority leader is good for the party.
“We believe this is a major step forward in our efforts to reunite the various interest groups in that Senate election, thereby presenting a common legislative front for our great party.
“We are particularly delighted that the consultations that were initiated towards the end of 2015 between the party caucuses in the National Assembly and the party executives as well as other leading stakeholders of our party has yielded these results and the Senate has demonstrated its willingness to finally submit to the will of the party in this regard,” the statement said.
APC thanked Ndume for his service and sacrifice to the party, which, it said would not be forgotten.
The statement further said: “We also congratulate Senator Lawan, the new Senate Leader on his election by the APC caucus in the Senate. We hope he will use his vast experience and knowledge to enhance legislative works to further our party’s agenda of change.”
Ndume said that his removal as Senate leader was because of his public statement that Ibrahim Magu had not been rejected as the new chairman of the Economic and Financial crimes Commission (EFCC) by the Senate.