Amid Pressure, Nigerian Senate May Lift Suspension of Bauchi Central Senator

Senate President Godswill Akpabio has announced plans to lift the suspension on the Senator representing Bauchi Central, Abdul Ahmad Ningi (PDP).

This decision comes just 24 hours after Senator Ningi sent a letter to Akpabio, threatening legal action if his suspension is not reversed within seven days.

The lawmaker was suspended following his remarks in a BBC Hausa interview, where he alleged that the budget for 2024 was inflated by N3.7 trillion.

After a rigorous debate among Senators during plenary, Ningi was given a three-month suspension and instructed to issue a formal apology to the Senate.

However, in a letter drafted by his legal representative, Femi Falana (SAN), Senator Ningi accused Akpabio of acting as both the accuser and judge in his case, which he argued violates the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria.

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In the letter titled “Request To Lift The Suspension Of Senator Abdul Ahmed Ningi,” dated Wednesday, March 27, 2024, Ningi warned of potential legal recourse.

Responding to journalists upon his return from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, Akpabio assured that the Senate would soon review Ningi’s suspension.

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He emphasized Ningi’s membership in the Senate and expressed optimism that the matter would be resolved amicably, adding that the Senate’s cohesive nature as a family.

Daily Trust quoted a prominent member of the National Assembly indicating that efforts are underway to amicably resolve the issue, amid mounting pressure on the Senate to reconsider its decision, which some quarters deem unjust.


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