Ningi resumes plenary after suspension

Ningi resumes plenary after suspension

Senator Abdul Ningi (PDP, Bauchi Central) on Tuesday resumed plenary after he was recalled from his suspension.

Ningi was suspended for three months for granting an interview to the BBC Hausa Service in which he alleged that N3.7 trillion in the 2024 budget was not tied to any projects or locations.

But the Senate Minority Leader, Abba Moro (PDP, Benue South), on Tuesday last week pleaded with the senators in a motion during plenary to recall Ningi, who had already spent 75 days on suspension. Moro’s prayer was granted.

On Tuesday, Senator Ningi was among the first set of senators and House of Representatives members to arrive at the National Assembly for plenary.

Senator Ningi arrived at the National Assembly with other senators, including Suleiman Kawu (NNPP, Kano South) and Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (PDP, Sokoto South).

As a result of his suspension, Ningi lost his position as chairman of the Senate Committee on National Identity and Population.

He also resigned his position as Chairman of the Northern Senators Forum.

Appreciating the Senate for recalling him from suspension during plenary through Order 42 of the Senate standing rules, Ningi said he was in Turkey when he heard of his recall from suspension.

He said, “I rise with profound humility to commend the Senate, its President, Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Senate leadership, and the minority caucus for recalling me from suspension.

“I’m happy to be back at home because the National Assembly is like home to me, having served as House leader, Deputy Senate Leader in the past, and now one of the distinguished serving senators.

“I also thank my state governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, the people of Bauchi State, and other Nigerians who reached out to me in one way or the other during the period that has now been put behind.”

Responding on behalf of the Senators, the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, said, “Distinguished Senator Abdul Ningi, you are a very resourceful person needed in the 10th Senate. The electorate from the Bauchi Central Senatorial District voted for you. You are welcome, and let bygones be bygones.”

 

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