There is confusion in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as former Senate Leader Ali Ndume dared party leaders by unfolding his agenda as a candidate for the Senate presidency in the ninth National Assembly.
President Muhammadu Buhari, party chairman Adams Oshiomole and other leaders of the party had last week endorsed the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, as the Senate president.
There was drama on Tuesday as Ndume unveiled his nine-point agenda for the coveted positon if elected on June 9.
The Senator representing Borno South in a document promised to improve upon the performance of the 8th Senate, adding that the position of the Senate presidency under his watch will see a reduction in the privileges attached to it.
The former Senate majority leader 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 said he would prioritise and ensure the passage of the Constituency Development Bill to make “constituency projects more transparent, accountable, efficient and effective.”
“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.”