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Ali Ndume Removed As Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan Appointed As Replacement

The Senate on Tuesday removed Senator Ali Ndume, as the Majority Leader of the senate.

In his place, Senator Ahmed Lawan representing Yobe North in the Senate has been appointed the leader of the upper legislative chamber.

Ndume’s sack was a decision taken by the All Progressives Congress members in senate.

The development was conveyed by Senate President Bukola Saraki who read a letter sent to him by the caucus.

Indication that Ndume may run into problems emerged when senators moved for his suspension over his comments on the confirmation of the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu as well as the indictment of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babchir Lawal.

Abusidiqu recalls that Ndume had differed with the position of the upper legislative chamber when he told State House correspondents after the meeting with President Buhari on December 19 that the Senate did not reject Ibrahim Magu.

Ndume stated, “Let me say categorically that the Senate did not reject Ibrahim Magu as the chairman (of the EFCC).

“What happened was that we slated his confirmation for Thursday. Then, we had an issue of a letter from the Department of State Services that could not allow us to continue with the confirmation without further clarifications.

“So, we then concluded that since we have a letter that we cannot ignore, we cannot do the confirmation. So, it was not that we sat down to take a decision that we have rejected Ibrahim Magu. I want that to come out clearly.

The senate had earlier rejected the confirmation of Magu as the substantive Chairman of the EFCC, a position it re-echoed after Ndume went public to say that the Senate did not reject his nomination but only asked stepped down his confirmation.

“Our votes and proceedings are the official records of what transpired in chamber. I briefed you on Thursday to the effect that the Senate is announcing that in view of security reports we were unable to confirm Magu.

“We then rejected and returned the nomination to President Buhari for further action.

“Media reports emerging, especially from interviews granted by Sen. Ndume, meant we have to clarify issues.

“For the records, I am the official spokesman of the Senate and I intend to discharge this with honour and integrity because the sanctity of the institution is crucial to the sustenance of democracy.

“To clarify, I have only one point of reference, which is, the votes and proceedings.

 

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