OrderPaperToday – Senator Ali Ndume, defeated candidate for the seat of the Senate President for the 9th assembly, has said he is not a loser and that the All Progressives Congress (APC) should commend him.

He stated this after the election where he lost to Senator Ahmad Lawan.

Lawan got 79 votes while Ndume secured 28 votes.

Speaking during an interview on shortly after the election, Ndume stated that he opposed Lawan to defend the constitution of the country.

He said: “Party or democracy without election is not democracy. That is why it is very important to stand for and defend the constitution. Section 50 (1), that the Senators shall elect the senate president and his deputy from among themselves and that was what happened.

“When they did that election, I got 28 or thereabout, that is democracy in action, no matter the imperfection. I insisted on secret balloting because in democracy, election must be seen to be free and fair and this election was conducted freely and fairly through the open secret balloting which gives credibility to the process.

“If I had agreed with the anointment of Ahmad Lawan as the Senate President, in line with the directive of the party, there won’t have been election and it would have dented the image of the party and the government.”

He added: “That is why I don’t see myself as a loser. I have won and I think the party should commend me.”

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