Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa on Monday met with one of the All Progressives Congress senators, Ali Ndume, contesting the Senate Presidency of the ninth National Assembly.
Although the agenda of the meeting was unknown to State House correspondents, Ndume denied that he entered an alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party to help him clinch the seat.
Ndume, a former Senate Leader, who said he would not step down for any opponent, added that he was still consulting on the matter.
The Borno senator, who arrived at the closed-door meeting about 3.24pm, emerged from the venue around 4.18pm, declining to give any elaborate interview to waiting State House correspondents.
But the inquisitive reporters asked him whether he had yielded to pressure from the APC to step down for the preferred party choice, Senator Ahmed Lawan.
With a look of surprise on his face, Ndume responded, “Me, step down? I am still consulting.”
On the rumours that he was banking on forging an alliance with the PDP, Ali-Ndume ruled it out on the grounds that the opposition considered him to be an “enemy.”
He stated, “Me that is regarded as an enemy by the opposition?”
Ndume was a former member of the PDP, but he later defected to the APC ahead of the 2015 polls.
He won re-election to the Senate this year on the platform of the APC to serve in the incoming 9th National Assembly.