- The senator representing Borno South at the Senate, Ali Ndume, said he regrets supporting Saraki
- He accused the Senate president of betraying him
- Ndume vowed to always stand by the truth
Senator Ali Ndume has raised serious allegation against Senate president Bukola Saraki, accusing him of ruling the Senate rather than serving in his capacity.
In an interview on Channels TV, Ndume noted that he used to have a cordial relationship with Saraki but said he was betrayed for standing by the truth.
Asked if he regrets supporting Saraki, Ndume said: “Yes, I do. Look at the Senate now, we have been reduced to unbearable level of integrity, just because of few people, few person, that is wrong.
“I don’t want to be individualistic about it. We put the leadership there for Saraki; if you want me to be specific about it, and then it turns out to be another thing. We have senator’s president now, instead of Senate president.
“I speak the truth a lot even if I’m alone, and I stand by it. We started with the issue of Magu, I was with you on national TV and that is history now, then we came out and the second issue was that of the car importation, and the issue of Dino Melaye’s certificate and then I was shockingly suspended for 180 days and it was not the committee that recommended that.
“My colleagues did not know about the report that was used to suspend me illegally and unconstitutionally for 180 days. That’s why I went quietly to court and you see the response of my people then.
“It is not fair for one among equal to take himself up, and use, take advantage of the gavel to rule instead of to lead, instead of to preside, that is what the constitution says. The Senate president is to preside, he doesn’t even have a vote, he has no voice. By the time you accept being the Senate president, you have lost your right to some extent as a senator until the Senate ties, that is when you come in to break the ties. This is not the case, as Senate president will say, ‘I direct so so so and my members…’.
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“I mean, it’s very unfortunate, I personally did not expect this. That is how we got it wrong, because once an individual thinks he owns the senate, and he dishes out the direction, and dishes out what he thinks, you’ll always get it wrong… 108 heads are better than one. But for now, senate at certain point is like Dino and Saraki. It is very unfortunate.”
Meanwhile, Senator Ajayi Boroffice, representing Ondo North senatorial district, cried out over what he described as plans by some politicians to plant arms, ammunition and other illegal items in his house in Akure.
Boroffice, in a press statement issued by his media aide, Kayode Fakuyi, claimed that some people from the opposition are seriously plotting to distract him from the job of lawmaking in the Senate, Tribune reports.
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