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Budget padding: Senate may recall Ningi from suspension

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

Two weeks ago, the upper legislative chamber slammed Ningi, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party representing Bauchi Central senatorial district, over his media interview 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 is N28.7 trillion.

On Thursday, Ningi’s counsel, Mr. Femi Falana. a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, gave Senate President Godswill Akpabio seven days to recall his client or face legal action.

Fielding questions from reporters on arrival from the Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on Friday, Akpabio said that, although he has not seen the said letter from Falana, 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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