- Senator Ali Ndume was recently impeached as leader of the upper legislative chamber and replaced by Ahmed Lawan
- Ndume, who recently said he had an ambition to be deputy president of the Senate, has now revealed why he cannot be a governor
Recently impeached majority leader of the Senate, Ali Ndume, has said he cannot become governor of the Boko Haram-ravaged Borno state.
Daily Trust reports that the senator further said he would not lobby to become anything or gain any position.
He said states in Nigeria currently needed young and vibrant individuals who can stand the rigours of governance as governors.
Ndume said: “Mark my words; I don’t envy the governor or anybody that wants to be the governor of Borno. And on my own, I don’t struggle to be anything in life. Besides that, I have three key reasons why I cannot bother myself lobbying or struggling to become a governor.
“Insha Allah, I will be 59. I personally feel that by that age, it will be late to aspire to be a state governor.
“Secondly, at 58, I look forward to the hereafter because at such age, one needs to be closer to God. Public offices come with a lot of burden and responsibilities, of which one must account before God.”
“The third reason is the political reality in Borno state. I am from southern Borno and technically, we have only seven local government areas out of the supposed nine, because Damboa and Chibok, which are also part of southern Borno, are incidentally under Borno Emirate, which is located in Central Borno. And we all know that southern Borno is one of the most diverse senatorial districts in this country.”