How Saraki, Others Masterminded My Suspension From NASS – Ndume
Former Senate Leader and lawmaker from Borno State, Senator Ali Ndume, has revealed how the Senate President Bukola Saraki, and some other Senators masterminded his suspension from the National Assembly for six months.
Ndume, in an exclusive interview with The Punch newspaper said that he was suspended for suspended forcalling the attention of the Senate to issues that threatened the integrity of the Senate.
“The only thing that I did was that I called the attention of the Senate, coming under Order 14 and 15, which has to do with individual privilege, to the issues in the public domain which touched on the integrity of the Senate that should be investigated.
“One of them was an allegation that the Senate was on vengeance mission against the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service because he impounded the bullet-proof cars allegedly imported by a principal officer of the Senate.
“The second issue was that of Senator Dino Melaye’s educational qualification. Both issues were widely published by print and electronic media. I asked the upper chamber to consider the matters as very important worthy of investigation, this was done and the affected members were cleared,” Ndume said.
The Borno Senator also touched on the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of the Economic and Commission (EFCC).
According to him, his position as a Senate Leader mandates him to market the ideas and position of the executive in the chamber.
“The case that started the controversy was the nomination of Ibrahim Magu for confirmation as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. His name was forwarded to the Senate by the President and as the Senate Leader, I have the duty to defend, protect and market the candidate to my colleagues.
“Apart from this, Magu is a nominee from my state. I also have the responsibility to defend the appointment of my constituent. I actually did the right thing and stood by the truth. If I was punished because of that, so be it. This is not the end of it, we are just in this world for a period and our actions will be judged thereafter. I pray God will reward me for the injustice carried out against me.”
Speaking further, Ali Ndume added that the Senate President was instrumental to his removal but God actually sanctioned it.
His words: “I feel bad, I feel betrayed by Saraki and other people that we struggled together. But since they decided to stab me in the back, I leave them to God; He is the ultimate judge. I have since put the matter behind me and I am ready to move on. I thank God that I did not die on the seat. I have no regret. I would have been worried if I did anything wrong. I didn’t say anything that is not true, I didn’t fight anybody neither did I abuse anyone.”