By Musa Abdullahi Krishi
The chairman of the
Senate Committee on Appropriations Mohammed Danjuma Goje will formally
declare for the position of Senate President after the passage of the
2019 budget, a ranking senator told journalists on Thursday.
senator, who did not want to be named, said Goje delayed his declaration
because of his commitment towards the quick passage of this year’s
budget which is before his committee.
Already, Senate Leader,
Ahmad Lawan (APC,Yobe) and Sen Mohameed Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) have
declared their intention for the race.
including the North East Consultative Forum (NESF) and five other groups
in the geopolitical zone, last week endorsed Goje and demanded for his
immediate declaration for the position.
Responding to the call,
an ally of Goje, a serving APC lawmaker, said Goje does not want to
combine his legislative works on the budget with the aspiration to vie
for the Senate Presidency.
Like the Northeast stakeholders, he
said other groups from across the country are mounting pressure on the
former governor of Gombe state to contest for the presidency of the Red
He said Goje, who chairs the Senate Committee on
Appropriations is of the belief that the passage of the budget should be
paramount to all, in view of its importance to the smooth running of
“His priority is to get the budget passed, for the
prompt assent of Mr. President. As a committed loyalist of the president
and APC, he doesn’t want anything that would delay the passage of the
budget. He is of the view and conviction that the success of the
president is his and that of all Nigerians.
“This was why he
worked tirelessly and religiously to ensure the victory of the
president, the governorship candidate and all others who vied on the
platform of APC in Gombe state,” he said.
He said after the
passage of the budget, the former governor would heed to the call of the
stakeholders and other well-meaning Nigerians.