Last minute efforts to stop Senator Ali Ndume to drop his bid for the Senate presidency by the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, have flopped.
It was revealed that the leadership of the party and some influential senators met last week and decided to reach out to Ndume, who is contesting the position against Senator Ahmad Lawan.
It was learnt that Ndume rejected moves by Tinubu to make him drop his ambition, early last week.
Reports say a group of Pro-Lawan senators-elect who travelled to Maiduguri hoping to meet Governor Kashim Shettima, also a senator-elect on Friday returned to Abuja on Saturday evening without achieving their mission.
The senator said, “The governor, who was probably aware of the Pro-Lawan senators’ visit, travelled out of the country before their arrival.
“The lawmakers decided to meet the deputy governor, who is not a stakeholder in the project. During the brief session, the deputy governor told the lawmakers that Shettima had travelled to Saudi Arabia.”
Further findings revealed that the pro-Lawan senators returned to Abuja on Saturday evening.
Shettima, who is from the same state with Ndume, is believed to be one of the major backers of the former Senate leader for the position.