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Why I can’t reverse Ndume’s suspension – Saraki


Senate President Bukola Saraki at the National Assembly PHOTO: TWITTER/NIGERIAN SENATE

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki has said that it is beyond the confines of his powers to unilaterally rescind the Red Chamber’s decision to suspend Senator Ali Ndume, the embattled lawmaker representing Borno South federal constituency.

Saraki also denied any face-off between the Legislative and the Executive arms of government.

The Nigerian Senate last Wednesday suspended the former majority Leader, Ndume, for six months for not ‘making due diligence’ before asking the upper Chamber to investigate both the Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye.

Ndume had alleged that Saraki bought a jeep without paying Customs duties and that Senator Dino Melaye was not a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, ABU.

His suspension followed the adoption of a recommendation made in a report by the Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges.

Fielding questions from State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed doors in the Presidential Villa on Monday, Saraki said he lacked the powers to facilitate Ndume’s recall, saying the suspension was a collective decision of the parliament.

Asked whether the visit of the Borno State governor, Kassim Shetima to him (Saraki) at the weekend on behalf of Ndume would make him reconsider his position, Saraki said it was not in his place to decide.

“We should try and understand how the parliament works. I wish I had such powers these, powers you give me I wish I had them.

“The President or Speaker is first among equals, they are just presiding officers but unfortunately you know the legislative arm is the youngest, people don’t understand.

“People give us this powers that we have, decisions that are taken in plenary is a decision of all but I have a role to be able to convey the message.

“I will convey the message of the visit of the Governor of Borno. And the Senate is one, sub committees…we are all one family. There will be issues like that, there is nothing that is sacrosanct or rigid,” Saraki said.

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  • OJAY

    Let Sen. Ndume go & leak the wounds of insolent & insorbodination. He is a traitor among his law-making peers, this law maker should be banished forever until their tenure ends.

    • Jen

      I cried for your children future. Nigeria NASS became cabal classes. Sharing billions and no successful bill that favour the future of your children and you stand here to post this comment. Fight for the future once, Saraki children are living good in UK AND Canada. Where is your family, have you ever see Billion Naira in your life. Saraki and others waste Billion meant for your children future. Please change you thinking

      • OJAY

        Even if his children live in UK, Canada etc., I careless. My children are doing well in Nigeria & they have a future. I’m doing well on the job God has given me. Beggarly people like you are the ones quick to use such words to threaten those who have no hope. Whether you like it or not those who murdered sleep will themselves never no sleep. From the day a certain group saw Sen. Saraki as an enemy that was the day real intrigues of politicking started. When you open your dirty mouth to accuse the NASS of being corrupt what about the Executive with a myraid of allegations that they have refused to investigate. Let me educate you, when a member of the NASS tends to be a deviant like Sen. Ndume he should be shown the way out for the could war between that NASS & the Executive to go on. The egocentrism of the Executive is what is destroying the country. They’ve refused to work with Saraki & so they’ll continue to fool themselves until their tenure ends.

        • Jen

          That’s what I wanted to know about you. It’s enough to show that you are playing with your children future. Noticed you said “My children are doing well in Nigeria & they have a future”. Do you think Nigeria even Africa have future the way the country is being rule by cabal maggot-leaders. What I asked was, have you seen any strategic plan from the government that favour your children future. I don’t know Ndume or any politician but imagine Saraki or any other political office holder children are all in Nigeria or going to the same government hospital, school and being in the same community with our children. And afterall, Nigeria state house (NASS, Aso rock, and Gov house) use the same electricity supply you use at home with no generator law for them. How do you think Nigeria will be? Stop supporting maggots politician fight for your children future. The future is bright before next generation start cursing me and you. What are you doing to create better future for next generation?



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  • Naijaman

    Who do even the legislooters brand the NASS as the “Parliament?” Is Naija running a parliamentary system of government? I thought we a channeling the Americans and their presidential system, run by the Congress, and the National Assembly, in our case? The reporters and news outlets help to perpetrate and perpetuate this misnomer.