Senator Ali Ndume Vows Not To Apologise To Senate
Suspended Senator representing Borno South, Ali Ndume, has said that he wont apologise to the Senate over his six months suspension.
Senator Ndume said this in Abuja. on Sunday, while hosting leaders and representatives of over 20,000 Internally Displaced Persons from Borno-South currently residing in 12 camps spread across the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
According to him, what he did in the Senate was to draw the attention of his colleagues to the issues being raised about the two senators in the media.
Ndume who noted that he did not do anything wrong to have warranted his suspension in the first instance, said, “For now, there is nothing for me to apologise for.”
“The whole thing will come and go. It will pass away. It is part of the challenge a politician go through. My challenge in the Senate now is temporary. It should not stop me from doing what I have been doing for my constituents. It is very temporary. “I take my suspension in good faith. It will pass away. I am lucky to be in the Senate. Right now I am going through industrial attachment because one day I will leave the Senate. I don’t expect to die in the Senate.”
It would be recalled that the Senate had in March, suspended Senator Ali Ndume for a period of six months.
The decision of the senate was sequel to the presentation of a report by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, led by Senator Samuel Anyanwu, PDP, Imo East.
He was suspended following his point of Order he raised that the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki was on a vengeance mission against the Comptroller- General of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Col.Hameed Ibrahim Ali , retd as the agency was said to have impounded a bulletproof SUV valued at N298 million imported into the country by Saraki following his alleged refusal to pay the Customs duty of N74 million that was expected to be paid on the car.
Ndume was also following the issue of certificate forgery scandal against Senator Dino Melaye, APC, Kogi West, just as he was placed on the six month suspension because he did not conduct due diligence on the allegations raised before bringing them to the attention of his colleagues on the floor.