Budget Padding: “Ningi’s suspension an internal matter that has been dealt with” – Senator Adaramodu

Sharon EboesomiMay 22, 20244 min

Ningi had earlier given Akpabio a seven-day ultimatum to lift the suspension placed on him.

Budget Padding: “Ningi’s suspension is an internal matter and has been dealt with” - Senator Adaramodu
Yemi Adaramodu

Senator Yemi Adaramodu (APC, Ekiti South) has disclosed that the suspension of Senator Abdul Ahmed Ningi (PDP, Bauchi Central) has been addressed by the Senate.

The Chairman Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Adaramodu revealed this while speaking with journalists of the National Assembly on Wednesday.

According to the lawmaker, Ningi’s fate is a decision of the 108 senators and not of any individual.

He said, “We have said if he (Ningi) wants a variation of the decision taken by the entire Senate, the Senate will sit down and take another decision. It must be by the entire 108 senators. It is not Ningi vs Akpabio, or Ningi vs Senator Adaramodu.

“We have put Ningi behind us. If we want to rescind that decision, the entire Senate  will put it forward and decide on its merit.”

OrderPaper recalls that the Senate on 12th March, 2024 suspended Senator Ningi for 3 months over allegations that the 2024 budget was padded with N3.7 trillion.

Following his suspension, Ningi through his lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) gave the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio a seven-day ultimatum to lift the suspension placed on him.

READ ALSO: Budget Padding: I did not suspend Ningi, Senate did – Akpabio to Falana

Akpabio through his counsel Umeh Kalu (SAN), replied Falana saying that Ningi’s suspension was a decision of the Senate and not his decision alone.

The letter read, “We have carefully read through your analysis of the facts and circumstances leading to your client’s suspension from the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and, are unable to find reason in your verdict of our client’s sole culpability in the said suspension. 

“The decision and resolution to suspend Senator Ningi was that of the Senate sitting in plenary and not that of Senator Akpabio. » 

“In addition to the above and contrary to the contents of your letter under reference, our client was at no time your client’s accuser, prosecutor and judge. 

“Our client’s role at the session of the Senate that led to your client’s suspension was and remains the statutory role of a Legislative House Presiding Officer, which role equally includes pronouncing the majority decision of the Legislative House at the end of debate and voting. 

“Permit us to mention your attempt at drawing our client’s attention to legal authorities and pronouncements of our courts of record on the unconstitutionality of suspending members of Legislative Houses, which attempt we dare say) was unhelpful, due to your failure or refusal to make available the relevant particulars of the said court decisions in your letter. 

“You may wish to provide these legal authorities which you have alluded to, bearing in mind that every decision of a Court emanates from its peculiar facts, circumstances and extant Laws.”

STAR Check: Nigerians, particularly, constituents of Ekiti South district, can keep tabs on the legislative performance of Sen. Adaramodu throughout the 10th senate here. 

Sharon Eboesomi

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