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March 13, 2024

Ningi: Senate already facing credibility issues – Sen Moro

Ningi: Senate already facing credibility issues – Sen Moro

Abba Moro

The lawmaker representing Benue South District, Senator Abba Moro, says the Senate is facing credibility issues following allegations by the suspended lawmaker representing Bauchi Central, Abdul Ningi.

In an interview with BBC Hausa, Ningi alleged that the Senate padded the 2024 budget by N3.7 trillion.

He also claimed that the Federal Government is operating two versions of the 2024 budget and that the N28.7 trillion budget passed and signed into law by President Bola Tinubu was biassed against the North.

Following his allegation, Ningi was suspended for three months on Tuesday.

Speaking during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, Moro stated that the actions of Ningi have subjected the Senate to an integrity test.

His words: The budget in question was passed by the senators. Senator Ningi is a senator; he was a member of the Appropriation Committee. I am from the north, and he purported to speak for the north,” he said.

“Why I was angry is that Senator Kawu Sumaila, who is the spokesperson of the Northern Senators Forum, came before me and said that he was going to address the press on this same matter while the debate was going on.

“I said, ‘You don’t do that. You raised issues; we are tackling the issues, and here you are. You want to address the press; go ahead and address the press.’ That was why I raised my hands because, as a minority leader, Senator Kawu Sumaila is a member of the NNPP; he is within me and signed for me to be a minority leader.

“So why would he not accept my advice? As people have commented now, the Senate is already having some level of credibility problems. Why would an individual arrogate to himself the power to know it all and say it all?”

Speaking further, Moro argued that the decision to suspend Ningi was the right thing to do. He said, “I think the Senate did the appropriate thing; I was there. Budget padding may not be mentioned here now in the 10th Senate because previous budgets have been criticised based on budget padding.

“But this is the first time a participant senator who was honestly engaged in the whole process is coming out to say that what I did was wrong and rubbing it on all of us. I think it is not correct.”