Senator Ningi accused of false allegations regarding 2024 budget; faces three-month suspension
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2024 budget padding: Senate suspends Sen. Ningi for 3 months



Senator Ningi Accused of False Allegations Regarding 2024 Budget; Faces Three-Month Suspension

The Senate has suspended Sen. Abdul Ningi (PDP-Bauchi) from all Senate activities for three months following allegations of 2024 budget padding.

Sen. Solomon Adeola (APC-Ogun) proposed the resolution during Tuesday’s plenary session.

The motion was subtitled: “Urgent Need to Address the False Allegations Against the Senate and the Presidency on the 2024 Appropriation Act by Sen. Abdul Ningi (Bauchi Central).”

According to BBC Hausa Service, Ningi stated that President Bola Tinubu has two budgets for 2024.

According to the report, Ningi claimed that the National Assembly passed N25 trillion as the budget for 2024, rather than the N28.7 trillion implemented by the Federal Government.

The upper chamber’s initial prayer was to “allow for immediate deliberation of the matter and take appropriate action deemed fit in the overriding public interest and to prevent a breakdown in law and order.”

“Take further necessary steps to correct the wrong impression in public domain of 2024 budget created by the BBC interview and other national media houses and social media platforms by Sen. Ningi.

“And amplified by Sen. Suleiman Kawu (NNPP-Kano) through his facebook account and other social media platforms; and

“Take any further decision as the Senate deems fit and proper to safeguard the integrity of the 2024 Budget which is pivotal to the revamping of our economy.”

Sen. Jimoh Ibrahim (APC-Ondo) moved an additional prayer that Ningi be suspended for 12 months, which Sen. Edeh Dafinone (APC-Delta) seconded.

However, Sen. Garba Maidoki (PDP-Kebbi) moved a motion for an amended prayer that the suspension be for three months, which was seconded by Sen. Sani Musa (APC-Niger).

Earlier, Adeola, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, moved the motion, stating that the President presented the additional increase of N1.2 trillion during the appropriation process.

“This was through additional funding requests.

“The additional source of funding for the increase came from the increase in the benchmark of naira to dollar from N750-N800, increase in Government Owned Enterprises (GOEs) revenue and other sources.

“The false allegations including that of the 2024 Budget being against the “North” has since generated debate in the media and general public with aspersions on all senators, the Senate and the National Assembly.”

In his defence, Ningi stated, “I believe Sen. Adeola has done a good job, except for a few issues that I do not understand. I never mentioned that the budget was padded.

“I never issued any of these statements. This is a fake contribution that was forwarded, I do not know the author of this,” Ningi told the Senate.

In his contribution, Senate Leader, Opeyemi Bamidele said what Ningi had set to do “was tantamount to a civilian coup.”

Earlier, President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio said “Ningi told me he had paid the consultant N30 million to conduct the investigation.

“Ningi called some of us for a meeting. When he told me this, I told him I would like to see the details.

“But i didn’t receive it, but you had the opportunity to attend a BBC interview. It’s only you that has the document you have. I don’t have it.

“I want Nigerians to know that what President Bola Tinubu presented to the National Assembly was N27.5 trillion, at no time did the President presented N25 trillion.

“The integrity of this Chamber has been totally damaged,” he said.

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