Former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, on Tuesday, rebelled against the decision of the Leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, including President Muhammadu Buhari, and the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, by unfolding his agenda as a Candidate for the Senate Presidency, in the 9th National Assembly.
Recall, that the party Leadership had last week, endorsed the current Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, as the next Senate President.
However on Tuesday night, despite the stand of the party, Ndume went ahead to unveil his nine-point agenda, if elected as the next Senate President, on June 9.
The Borno-South Senator in a document, promised to improve upon the performance of the 8th Senate.
He also pledged to make the Office of the Senate President less attractive, by reducing the unnecessary privileges attached to it.
Ndume pledged to uphold the independence of the Legislature, and expressed his willingness to “work harmoniously and inter-dependently with the Executive, without undermining the principle of separation of powers.”
Ndume maintained that he would prioritise and ensure the passage of the Constituency Development Bill, to make “Constituency projects more transparent, accountable, efficient, and effective”.
He stated that the Senate would agree on timelines for confirmation, passage of bills, especially the annual budgets, which he said would not exceed 90 days from the day of submission.
Ndume added: “We will make laws that will block leakages, devise improved means of generating revenue, especially through the amendment and review of our tax laws, which will help to reduce reliance on local and foreign loans to finance budget.
“We will run the 9th Senate transparently, through open accountability, with full participation of all Senators. For example, we will transfer the approving powers of the privileges of the Senators, like foreign travels, allowances to Senate Services Committee, or a new Committee to be known as “Ways and Means Committee”.
He also said that his Senate Presidency would uphold the party’s principles and policies, and that the Senate under him would make laws and review existing ones, in tandem with the APC’s Next Level agenda for Nigeria.