Senate should not be subjected to dictate of an individual – Ndume

Senator Ali Ndume
Senator Ali Ndume

The Senate as an institution should not be subjected to the whims and caprices of an individual, Ali Ndume said on Wednesday in reaction to his removal as Senate Leader.

Mr. Saraki announced the removal of Mr. Ndume as the Senate Leader just before the Senate adjourned on Tuesday.

Mr. Ndume’s removal and consequent replacement with Ahmed Lawan was demanded by the All Progressives Congress, APC, caucus via the letter read by Mr. Saraki.

But speaking exclusively with PREMIUM TIMES hours after his removal on Tuesday, Mr. Ndume said he was removed for insisting that the Senate did not follow the proper procedure before declaring that it had rejected the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Mr. Ndume said he insisted that in view of the Senate’s standard procedures and practice, Mr. Magu had not been rejected by the Senate because there was no confirmation hearing for the nominee to defend claims made against him

On Wednesday, his first day as a floor member since the 8th Senate was convened in June 2015, Mr. Ndume stepped out of the chamber to talk to Nigerian Television Authority.

During the interview monitored by PREMIUM TIMES, he stressed that the Senate should not be subjected to the whims and caprices of one individual.

“The Senate as an institution should not be subjected to the whims and caprices of any individual who is one among the equal,” the Borno politician said.

PREMIUM TIMES understands Mr. Ndume was subtly directing his remarks at Mr. Saraki with whom he had collaborated to defy the party leadership in the National Assembly leadership elections of June 9, 2015.

Interestingly, Mr. Ndume’s successor as Senate Leader, Mr. Lawan, was the choice of the APC leadership to clinch the Senate Presidency.

Mr. Ndume is understood to believe his ouster was instigated by Mr. Saraki, his erstwhile ally, for insisting on Mr. Magu’s confirmation as substantive EFCC Chairman.

Earlier at Wednesday’s plenary, Mr. Ndume expressed surprise at how he was removed but added he had satisfaction the development was not because he was found wanting.

“That’s why I’m concerned about the loss of confidence. As far as I know, I did not do anything,” said Mr. Ndume.

“Thank God that during my service as the senate leader, most of my colleagues will say ‘leader we are proud of you’.

“Because of the unity of this Senate, three times I offered to resign, if that is the case but I believe God’s time is the best.

“It’s me today and it is OK. It may be, God forbid, Ekweremadu tomorrow. I wish my brother the new Senate leader best. We have been struggling for this for a long time and I wish you the best to the service of this important institution.”

Kabiru Marafa then rose to say Mr. Ndume’s removal by the APC caucus was lawful.


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  • solomon olushola

    Go get a life man, this is not a do or die affairs.

  • Gary

    Apparently the guiding principle of the APC is that there are no permanent allies, only self-interest rules.
    Not too many will shed a tear for the ouster of the Boko Haram sympathizer who became a victim of the same intrigue with which he got the position.

    But it was cowardly of those who wanted him out to effect the change in his absence. They should have called a meeting of the APC caucus to tell him to his face that he no longer enjoyed their confidence. And given him the dignity of stepping down on his own.
    Our Senators are still far short of the needed decorum and simple courtesies required of the institution they represent. Even children are taught that they can disagree without being disagreeable.

  • Ajayi Ifayemi

    Unfortunately i do not pity him. Of course he is right that this all about one man, but he also fell for that game before and allowed himself to be used as a pawn.

  • realist

    Saraki intrigue is legendary. Sooner or later Buhari will regret for allow him to continue as Senate President despite all the ills of Saraki that they exposed to the world. No amount of gentle man agreement reached that can cover or neutralize Saraki nagatives.

    • Kallah Bature

      I think you are right.Saraki doesn’t value loyalty when his personal interest is at stake.

  • Comfortkay

    Senator Ndume you are part of this fail system and now a victim

  • Suleiman Alatise

    The fire they started will surely consume them one by one, no doubt about that.

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  • Sam

    What goes around comes around

  • Hal

    Next Ekwerenmadu? then Dino? then Buhari? Dogs eating dogs. When he connived against his own party to dribble the system, he did not know it was for one man?

    • Kallah Bature

      Yes it may serve Ndume right,but people scampering to please Saraki must be extra careful they may be next.