Reps, too, rise against defiant Senator, Marafa

Senator Kabiru Marafa Photo: Daily Trust

Some members of the House of Representatives from on Wednesday urged defiant senator, Kabiru Marafa, to respect the sanctity of the legislature.

Mr. Marafa, an outspoken critic of the senate president, Bukola Saraki, is under investigation by the Senate Ethics committee after his colleagues accused him of disparaging the Senate in a newspaper interview.

Mr. Marafa denied the allegation, and accused Senators of lying against him and being afraid of him because of their “atrocities”.

Eleven members of the House of the House of Representatives said in a statement on Wednesday that Mr. Marafa, who represents Zamfara Central, should allow popular will of the senators who elected the leadership of the Senate override his personal interest.

The lawmakers said they became interested in the matter after realising that Mr. Marafa’s attacks on Mr. Saraki, were “misconceived”.

The statement said the attacks had started to cast a slur on the integrity of the entire National Assembly over which the Senate President presides as chairman.

“It is indeed regrettable that eight months after the contest for leadership in the Senate ended, Marafa and his group have remained in electioneering mode” they said.

According to the statement, Mr. Marafa’s claim that there were fifth columnists working against the interest of the executive in the Senate, was not in order.

The statement said that any right thinking Nigerian would know that the budget as presented had a number of challenges which needed the collaborative efforts of both arms of government to sort out.

According to the statement, Mr. Marafa’s suggestion that the National Assembly was behind the current budget hiccup was unfortunate.

The News Agency of Nigeria NAN) reports that those who signed the statement are Kabir Ajanah, Mustafa Dawaki, Gaza Gbefwi, Supo Adeola, Adamu Kamale, Rita Orji, and Chukwueke Anohu.

Others are Zakari Mohammed, Gabriel Onyewife, Ali Issa and Victor Nwokolo.

(NAN)


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  • favourtalk

    The rep that are confused are the ones that will be against the interest of Nigeria and who ever is speaking for the people. Marafa had been on the side of the nation since the Sp rigged himself to that post and he won’t stop because Nigeria only ants the truth and love the person that speaks for them like marafa is doing right now

    • Killiwe@aol.com

      @favourtalk:disqus

      Kabiru Marafa must appear for ethics investigations. He’s been telling tales of not receiving
      notice of the hearing. He should be re-summoned to forthwith appear. He’s looked irresponsible.
      A decent fellow does not do the nonsense he’s doing. He does not even have a convincing point.
      He’s pre-judging the matter before the Code of Conduct Tribunal which hasn’t even begun hearings.
      Kabiru Mrafa is a desperate politician after Buhari’s heart. He must be stopped by suspension now!!

      • tundemash

        Mr. Dino Melaye, can you tell us exactly what Marafa said that you termed “he nonsense he’s doing”.
        If he’s pre-judging the matter before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, why not allow the CCT to deal with him ?

        • I Hate Sycophant Truly

          Marafa is taking NASS leadership election too far. Why must he say Saraki is using people to downplay the budget as to save himself from prosecution, even after PMB has alluded that there were errors in the budget and people padded the budget. Must he read foul meaning to the issue of budget that even ordinary citizens know it was full of errors.
          Marafa is fighting for himself and not the nation. The only place he suppose to have contributed to the success of the nation, he refused meeting with them and he want to claim he is at the side of the masses. If PMB have the same mindset like him, he would not have anything to do with some region because of their political difference.

          • tundemash

            That was an attack on Saraki and Saraki ought to take to sue him if he thinks his name has been maligned not indirectly using the ethics committee and Marafa claimed he was not invited to the Ethics committee meeting anyway after he responded to the first letter written and the ethics committee has not denied that so why is anyone overheating on that ?

    • I Hate Sycophant Truly

      Your Marafa that was on the side of the people refused to chair a committee he headed (NPC) to look into the budget prepared by same agency, meaning if by his refusal money would not be budgeted to the same commission and he also refused to deliberate with them as the nation is preparing to do censor next year. If he truly love the nation, I think he suppose leave politics and face what is good for the country, taking politics too far is a disservice for the country.

  • tundemash

    The statement said the attacks had started to cast a slur on the integrity of the entire National Assembly over which the Senate President presides as chairman.

    Confused corrupt Reps. so in your confused mind, Ole Saraki’s alleged doctoring of asset declaration form and his futile efforts of trying to delay justice by running from one court to the other does not “cast a slur” on the integrity of the entire National Assembly ? There is something demonic in that assembly that makes you all reason with your anus.

    • Julius

      lolz. What integrity ? The Senate and the word integrity do not belong in the same sentence . Period !

  • SAM .A

    when both current senators and representative rise against you , it means you are doing something right, Marafa has nothing to fear , The people are behind him against these professional legislooters.

    • Julius

      Thank you sir !!

  • Jacky

    What integrity were the lawmakers talking about? There’s nothing close to integrity left in the National Assembly which continues to dupe and cheat Nigerians. A bunch of 11 thieving Rep. Members out of 360 cannot be taken seriously. Millions of Nigerians are behind Senator Marafa!

  • FreeNigeria

    NASS lacks integrity and should stop using that word. They are bunch of thugs and crooked people. The scum of the society. They’ve shown their true colors by continuously supporting a common criminal Saraki.

  • Man_Enough

    One thing led to another. Marafa did not just wake up and start making those comments. The senators wanted to try him behind his back.