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Suit seeking to stop Senate from spending N5.5bn on vehicles based on mere rumour – Adeyeye

Suit seeking to stop Senate from spending N5.5bn on vehicles based on mere rumour - Adeyeye

The Senate on Monday described a suit seeking to stop it from spending N5.5 billion on the purchase of vehicles for its principal officers as an exercise is futility.

According to the spokesman of the Senate, Dayo Adeyeye, the suit is a mere wasteof time because it is based on a non-existent cause.

It would be recalled that concerned Nigerians, in conjunction with the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), BudgIT and Enough is Enough (EiE), had instituted a suit at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, seeking to stop an alleged plan to by the 9th Senate to allegedly spend the sum of N5.5billion on vehicles for its principal officers.

Adeyeye, who spoke to journalista in Abuja, described the court process as the handiwork work of detractors which is bound to fail.

The Ekiti Senator also said that he was not aware of any such plan and wondered why some people decided to act on mere rumours being peddled in the media.

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He said: “It is an exercise in futility; a complete exercise in futility. Even I as a Senator have not heard anything about that.

“So why will people be relying on rumour and newspaper reports? I wouldn’t know and in any case, if the Senate is going to spend that (amount); if it is budgeted for, then it means it is purely legal.

“So why will the National Assembly be different? Why are they focusing on the National Assembly and not looking at the Executive, Judiciary arms of government? All of these people are entitled to official cars and do use official cars.

“Directors of agencies, even minor officials in agencies use official cars. So why will the National Assembly be different? Why should it be a problem that the National Assembly is entitled to cars, to use official cars?

“Some of the vehicles they bought four years ago were no longer serviceable while others have probably been sold to their users.”

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