Budget Padding: Nigerian Senate Recalls Suspended Senator, Abdul Ningi

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The recall process was initiated after a motion moved by Deputy Minority Leader Senator Abba Moro, who expressed regret on behalf of the suspended senator.

The Nigerian senate has decided to recall Senator Abdul Ahmed Ningi, who was suspended on March 12, 2024.

The recall process was initiated after a motion moved by Deputy Minority Leader Senator Abba Moro, who expressed regret on behalf of the suspended senator.

Abba Moro pledged to assume full responsibility for Sen. Ningi’s actions, acknowledging the gravity of the suspension.

The senator’s conduct during the period of suspension has been a matter of scrutiny and debate within the legislative body.

The Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, emphasised the senator’s resourcefulness and described him as a valued member of the Senate, adding that the decision to recall Senator Ningi transcended religious and ethnic divides, reinforcing the Senate’s commitment to unity and inclusivity. 

Media in March had reported that Akpabio indicated that the Senate was considering recalling Ningi.

Akpabio while fielding questions from reporters on arrival from the inter-parliamentary union meeting in Geneva, Switzerland had said “I believe that in a few days, he will join us.”

Ningi had in a letter through his counsel, Femi Falana (SAN), given the Senate President Akpabio seven days to recall him or face legal action.

Media had reported that Ningi was suspended for three months after the Senate debated his interview with the BBC where he alleged that the budget passed by the National Assembly for the 2024 fiscal year was N25 trillion while the one being implemented by the Presidency was N28.7trillion. 

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