As the struggle to fill the principal positions in the National Assembly hots up, a Yoruba pressure group identified as Odua for Equity on Sunday backed the ambition of Senator Ali Ndume to become Senate President
In a statement signed by the secretary of the group, Mr Ismail Olarenwaju, which was forwarded to Tribune Online in Osogbo, they contended Ndume is the most qualified among the lawmakers perfecting strategy to emerge as Senate President.
The group argued that the Yorubas stands a better chance under Ndume senate presidency, stressing that his accessibility is unimaginable.
According to the statement, “our independent research revealed that Senator Ali Ndume is the most accessible and detribalised aspirant among those agitating for the seat of the senate president.”
“Our group will pressurise their senators across party lines to support Ndume because he is the only one that can reach out to all the six states of the South West unlike his main opponent that will be answerable to just a state in the zone
“We will let our senators know that we want them to support a man who is not a candidate of any block that will be answerable to, but one who will be answerable to all Nigerians.”
The statement further charged the APC not to intimidate senators to vote a party leaders choice but a candidate who depends on his goodwill and the support of his colleagues.
“We are optimistic that once Ndume becomes Senate President, a new dawn of relationship between the National Assembly and the executive will begin.
“APC and those planning ahead of 2023 election should not put their selfish interest above the collective good of Nigerians. They should remember it is only when Nigeria is in good shape that people can have ambition and pursue such ambition.
“Alli Ndume from our findings have the capacity to unite and rally members of the Red Chamber for the common good of Nigerians. He won’t be subservient to a good father since his emergence would be purely based on his ability and antecedents,” the group concluded.