There are strong indications that the immediate-past Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, may be suspended by the Senate soon, over what has been described as ‘uncomplimentary’ statements made by the lawmaker.
Ripples Nigeria learnt from multiple sources that plans have been concluded and that an advanced stage has been reached in the camp of the Senate President, on how to move against Ndume.
Already, lawmakers, loyal to Saraki, are already reaching out to those who are yet to take a position on the issue. Senator Dino Melaye who heads the FCT committee, is said to be leading the latest offensive.
Senator Ndume incurred the anger of Saraki and his loyalists, when he protested the rejection of the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu by the Senate.
Ndume, who protested the approach adopted by the Senate President, said Saraki erred by accepting a new report not signed by the Director-General of Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura.
Referring to a similar letter written to the Senate President by an Assistant Comptroller General of Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) on behalf of the Col. Hameed Ali, Ndume had queried why Saraki declined to read the letter, but accepted a similar one from the DSS.
Ndume, after the second rejection of Magu, granted several press interviews where he openly criticized Saraki and the entire Senate for rejecting Magu.
He also incurred their wrath on Tuesday, when sponsored a motion, wherein he called on the Red Chamber to investigate Saraki and Dino Melaye.
Senator Ndume, who came under a motion of national importance, said Saraki, according to a story published by an online media, sanctioned the summon of the Comptroller General of Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), over claims that his bullet proof Ranger Rover Sport was impounded.
On the part of Melaye, Ndume said the same online platform, published a story that the Kogi State born Senator, did not obtain a degree in Geography from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, as claimed.
With the nod of Ekweremadu, Ndume submitted some newspaper publications, after which the matter was referred to the Senate committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions for further investigation.
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