The All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in the senate has removed Ali Ndume as the leader of the upper legislative chamber.
In a letter which was transmitted to the Senate on Tuesday, the APC caucus forwarded the name of Senator Ahmed Lawal (Yobe North) as the new Senate Leader.
The letter reads in part “This is to inform your Excellency and the senate that after several meetings held on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 and upon due deliberations and consultations, the APC caucus of the senate wishes to notify you of the change in the leadership of the senate.
“The new senate leader is now Sen. Ahmed Lawan, representing Yobe North Senatorial District, Yobe State.’’
Addressing journalists after the Senate’s plenary, Mr. Ndume said the decision of the caucus to remove him as leader shocked him.
“I was surprised at the announcement, but I cannot tell if I have been removed as Senate Leader. I urge all of you to be calm while waiting for further development,” he said.