Budget padding: “Senate will review Ningi’s suspension” – Akpabio

Sharon EboesomiMarch 30, 20242 min

Akpabio pointed out that even though he had not seen the letter, the matter would be resolved like a family affair.

Budget padding: Senate will review Ningi’s suspension – Akpabio

The President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio has revealed that the Senate is making plans to recall Senator Abdul Ningi (PDP, Bauchi Central), from the three-month suspension imposed on him.

Akpabio gave this revelation while speaking with reporters on Friday, 29 March 2024, as he arrived from the Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting in Geneva, Switzerland saying that even though he had not seen the letter from Ningi, the matter would be resolved like a family affair.

He said: “It is a parliamentary decision. I have not seen the letter yet. But Senator Ningi is one of us. I mean, what is suspension?”

READ ALSO: Ningi gives Akpabio seven-day ultimatum to lift his suspension 

OrderPaper recalls that Ningi, during an interview with BBC Hausa, claimed that although the National Assembly had approved a N25 trillion budget for the 2024 fiscal year, the President was implementing a N28.7 trillion budget. This, however, led to Ningi’s suspension.

Two weeks after his suspension, Senator Ningi through his lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), gave an ultimatum to Akpabio, demanding that they lift the suspension placed on him and reinstate him immediately.

Falana also warned that if the suspension was not lifted in the next seven days he would drag the Senate before the Federal High Court.

Sharon Eboesomi

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