The Road to Ningi’s Three-Month Suspension via N3trn Budget Padding

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Following an interview he gave to BBC Hausa in which he claimed that around N3.7 trillion was unlawfully added to the 2024 national budget, Abdul Ningi, chairman of the Northern Senators Forum, was suspended for three months by the Senate.

Senator Jimoh Ibrahim (Ondo South), who offered further prayers in response to Senator Solomon Olamilekan’s (Ogun West) motion, suggested that Senator Ningi should abstain from the National Assembly for twelve months and be suspended without privileges.

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Sen. Sulieman Kawu (Kano South), according to Jimoh, should apologise and be cautioned against sharing false or misleading information.

Senator Ede Daminone (Delta Central), who noted that Ningi was given a chance to apologize but chose not to, backed the proposal to suspend Ningi for a year.

Senator Buhari Abdulfatai proposed a three-month suspension for Ningi, while Asuquo Ekpenyong (Cross Rivers South) called for a six-month suspension.

Ningi should be recalled if he submits an apologetic letter to the Senate, according to Garba Musa Maidoki (Kebbi South), who backed the motion. However, he suggested a three-month ban because the reports were false.

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