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Let bygone be bygone, says Akpabio, as Ningi resumes after suspension
 
By: Abara Blessing Oluchi
Tue, 4 Jun 2024   ||   Nigeria,
 

Former Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Abdul Ningi, PDP, Bauchi Central has resumed plenary session from three months’ suspension, telling his colleagues that It’s time to move on.”

Speaking Senator Ningi expressed his appreciation to the Senate for recalling him from suspension after spending 75 out of 90 days slammed on him on March 12, 2024 at the committee of the whole.

Ningi who cited Order 42 of the Senate standing rules, said he was in Turkey when he heard of his being recalled from suspension.

Ningi said: Mr President, Distinguished colleagues, 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 was in Turkey when the news got to me last week and I’m very much appreciative of the gesture.

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

In his remarks, the President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio said on behalf of his colleagues that bygone should be bygone.

Akpabio said, “Distinguished Senator Abdul Ningi, you are a very resourceful person needed in the 10th Senate, electorates from Bauchi Central Senatorial District voted you for. You are welcome and let bygone be bygone.”

Recall that Senate had on Tuesday last week through a motion by the minority leader, Senator Abba Moro on behalf of minority caucus, recalled Senator Ningi from the three months’ suspension.

Also recall that Senator Ningi was suspended by the Senate at the committee of the whole on 2024 budget padding allegation leveled against the Senate during interview he had with the BBC Hausa service.

Apparently elated to be back in the Senate, Senator Ningi was among the first set of Senators and House of Representatives members to arrive the National Assembly for plenary on Tuesday.

Senator Ningi who along with some few other Senators like Suleiman Kawu (NNPP Kano South), Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (PDP Sokoto South) etc , came into the National Assembly through the Villa Gate , arrived exactly at 10: 40am , 20minutes to 11:00am fixed for commencement of plenary which even started at about 12:10 pm .

However, as a result of his suspension, Senator Ningi lost his Chairmanship position of the Senate Committee on National Identity and Population, which was allocated to Senator Mustapha Musa, APC Yobe East, two days after the now lifted suspension

 

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