National Assembly: 2019 budget delaying Goje’s declaration of interest, says associate
An associate of Senator Danjuma Goje has explained why the former governor of Gombe State had yet to formally declare his ambition to contest the position of the President of the Senate in the 9 th National Assembly .
He said Goje delayed the announcement because of his commitment towards the quick passage of this year ’s budget, which his committee was handling.
The associate , who is also a ranking All Progressives Congress‘ senator from the northern part of the country , stated this on condition of anonymity during a chat with reporters on Thursday in Abuja .
He said Goje would soon answer the calls of stakeholders from the North -East and declare his intention to contest , as done by the two other contenders for the position .
The Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan ( APC , Yobe ) and his predecessor , Senator Ali Ndume ( APC , Borno) had declared their intention for the top job.
Some stakeholders , including the North -East Consultative Forum, and five other groups in the geopolitical zone , last week endorsed Goje and demanded his immediate declaration for the position .
Goje’ s associate said the ranking senator did not want to combine his legislative works on the budget with his aspiration to vie for the Senate Presidency .
He said, “ Goje, who is the Chairman , 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 the country .
“ His priority is to get the budget passed , for the prompt assent of Mr President .
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“ 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 .”