Budget padding: Senate may recall Ningi from suspension



The Senate may be set to recall Senator Abdul Ningi from his three-month suspension.


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The President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, gave this indication while fielding questions from reporters on arrival from the Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.


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Ningi was suspended for three months after about three hours of debate over his interview where he alleged that the budget passed by the National Assembly for the 2024 fiscal year is N25tn while the one being implemented by the Presidency is N28.7tn.



Akpabio spoke barely 24 hours after Ningi, in a letter written by his counsel, Femi Falana SAN, on Thursday, gave Akpabio seven days to recall him or face legal action.

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Akpabio said though he has not seen the said letter, it is already receiving due attention, adding that the matter would be resolved like a family affair and hopefully Ningi would return to take his seat soon.


“It is a parliamentary decision. I have not seen the letter yet. But Senator Ningi is one of us. I mean what is suspension?


“I believe that in a few days, he will join us. So, there is no problem. It would be resolved amicably. The Senate is a family,” Akpabio said.

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