The National Chairman, All Progressive Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, said in the run up to the election of senate presidency, President Muhammadu Buhari could have pulled all the strings including using the Department of State Services(DSS) to stop Senator Ali Ndume from contesting.
Senator Ndume, who was elected on the platform of the APC, contested for the senate presidency against the party and Buhari’s anointed candidate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, who eventually emerged winner.
Speaking against the backdrop of the crisis rocking Edo State House of Assembly precipitated by tussle for the Speakership, Oshiomhole who was accused of being a central figure in the fight, debunked the claim.
Instead, the ex-governor said Gov. Godwin Obaseki caused the dispute, accusing his successor of desperation in alleged bid to install an unpopular candidate as Speaker.
He went on to touch on how Buhari was in position to prevent Senator Ndume from contesting for senate presidency by using government’s security apparatus but took the path of honour.
His word, “We have an APC senator, who, in spite of all the efforts invested by all our leaders, including Mr. President, insisted that he will contest. The law allowed him so, we couldn’t stop him. The President could have said okay, SSS (State Security Services) please find excuse to invite him for questioning the day before; put him away until the elections are over.
“But we won’t do that. That is not the change we promised. The change we promised is to try to improve in the ways public institutions are managed and how rules are implemented. I believe that it will be resolved.”