Senator Ali Ndume has officially joined the race for the 10th senate president, He made this known when fielding questions from pressmen at the National Assembly
According to Ndume who’s from Borno State, Of all those who have signified their intention to contest position of Senate President, He became the first to set out a blueprint on how he intends to pilot the affairs of the red chambers should he get the opportunity to preside.
Senator Ndume also appealed to the APC leadership to discard zoning but assured that he’ll stand by the party if they go ahead with the planned zoning of the national assembly offices.
Ndume also released his 10 point agenda if he becomes the Senate President.
He said as Senate President, he said he would “be one, not first among equals” and promised to work harmoniously and inter-dependently with the executive arm of government.
Ndume also said the relationship between the legislature, the executive and judicial arms of government would be cordial without undermining the Principles of Separation of Powers.He pledged that the Senate under his leadership would make new laws and review existing ones to meet the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians.
He also promised that the Senate would initiate legislation that would tackle security, welfare of citizens, create jobs, fight corruption, improve education, boost the economy and ensure infrastructure development.He said he would work to ensure business and entrepreneurship development as well as achieve health care development.
“We would amend and review existing tax laws to generate more income, block leakages and ensure transparency through open accountability with full participation of all senators
“We will protect and improve the welfare, rights and privileges of National Assembly workers.“We will inculcate es-spirit de-corps in order to utilise the experiences of former members by engaging them as consultants to members and committees in order to tap from their experiences.
“We will set a timeline for confirmations, passage of bills especially budgets and executive requests.
“The Constituency Development Bill will be passed to ensure transparency, equity, fairness, efficiency and effectiveness of constituency projects,” Ndume said.