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Senate Crisis Gets Messier by Islie: 5:35pm On Mar 26, 2017
■ Saraki, Ndume draw battle line

■ ‘I’ll open can of worms’

■ Senate leadership keeps mum

By Fred Itua, Abuja


THE crisis currently rocking the Senate may be far from over, as the three key actors involved, namely, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Dino Melaye from Kogi State and the immediate-past Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, have returned to the trenches.

The crisis, which began late last year when the Senate rejected a $29.9 billion loan request sent to it by President Muhammadu Buhari, may eventually lead to the suspension of Ndume, who is not ready to throw in the towel yet, despite the gathering storm against him.

Ndume had soon after the Senate rejected President Buhari’s loan request protested against the resolution. He was said to have visited the Presidential Villa where he held series of meetings with top government officials on how to prevail on the Senate to rescind its decision on the budget issue. Ndume’s move, it was learnt, angered Saraki and his loyalists, who were understood to be uncomfortable with that. Ndume was reportedly warned but did not take heed.

The last straw that broke the camel’s back was the first rejection of Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by the Senate.

A day after the Senate took the decision, Ndume told State House correspondents that the Senate was yet to take a position on Magu. While the controversy lasted, he reportedly made efforts to woo lawmakers loyal to Saraki to support his new move. But upon resumption from the Christmas break, Saraki’s loyalists led by Melaye, gathered signatures from All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus members in the Senate against Ndume. He was eventually removed as Leader and was succeeded by Ahmad Lawan.

Since his removal as Senate Leader, Ndume has been fighting to take his pound of flesh, particularly from Saraki, who is believed to have covertly sanctioned his removal and Melaye who executed the deal.

Sunday Sun gathered that Ndume, who hails from Borno State and is currently facing trial over his alleged links with the dreaded Boko Haram, is making overtures to elements within the Presidency, who are perceived to be unrepentant enemies of Saraki. It was learnt that even though he appears to have lost support from his former ‘lieutenants’ in the Senate, he is threatening to spill the beans on what he knew while his relationship with Saraki lasted.

For instance, it was reliably gathered that Ndume is planning to mount pressure on the leadership of the Senate and the National Assembly, where Saraki holds sway as chairman, to release details of the budget of the legislature, which has been a bone of contention for years.

There were claims in some quarters recently that the Offices of the Senate President and Deputy Senate President spend at least N1 billion monthly on operational cost.

In February, Ndume openly condemned the secrecy associated with the budget of the Senate. He noted that lawmakers were not privy to the contents of Senate budget and called on Saraki, who doubles as chairman of the National Assembly, to make it public.

Ndume had said: “We are here to pass the budget without seeing the details. This is a government of change and this must change. The details of the budget report should be considered holistically. Last year, we had several issues with the budget. In fact, to some extent, it was very embarrassing.

“Some of us do not know what was/is in the budget because the details of the budget have never been provided and this should be done this year. Senators do not know the budget of the Senate.

It should be known this year and this is very important because we cannot be taking blames or hold credit for what we do not know.”

Last week, Ndume made another daring move when he instigated the Senate to probe Saraki over the purchase of a Range Rover Sport vehicle, which was seized by Customs officers, and Melaye over certificate forgery saga.

Saraki, who is believed to have finally secured the friendship of President Buhari, is not leaving anything to chance. Sunday Sun reliably learnt that efforts are in top gear to instigate a suspension move against Ndume.

Melaye, who is also having a running battle with Ndume, is believed to be spearheading the suspension move.

In the coming days or weeks, one of Saraki’s loyalists is expected to move a motion on the floor of the Senate and call for Ndume’s probe over allegations that he has been disparaging the Upper Legislative Chamber.

The issue will be referred to the Senate committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions and a hurried report would expectedly be submitted, which would be used to nail Ndume and possibly suspend him for at least six months.

Sunday Sun also learnt that another motion may be sponsored by another Senator to urge the Senate to probe links of some lawmakers to Boko Haram.

The prime target, it was gathered, is Ndume who is currently facing trial over the same issue. There are fears, however, that Ndume may be standing alone as members of North-east caucus have switched camp and are currently supporting Lawan, who hails from the same geopolitical zone.

Spokesman of the Senate, Senator Abdullahi Sabi, could not be reached on how the Senate intends to resolve the lingering crisis. Series of calls to his mobile phone number were not answered.

Similarly, the Senate Leader, Senator Lawan declined to see the Sunday Sun correspondent when he made frantic efforts to get his reaction on how the Senate leadership intends to solve the tussle in the Red Chamber.


http://sunnewsonline.com/senate-crisis-gets-messier/
Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by Ibifizzleboy(m): 5:37pm On Mar 26, 2017
Just passing

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Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by Pureheart91(m): 5:38pm On Mar 26, 2017
sad
Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by Nobody: 5:40pm On Mar 26, 2017
Ibifizzleboy:
Just passing

I'm following you immediately. Because the post is just wordy for nothing.
undecided

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Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by HARDDON: 5:44pm On Mar 26, 2017
no one has the masses @ heart!
just a fight to score cheap political points or keep their political careers from going into extinction.

this is the only year this government got to do at least one thing!

next year campaign rocks in full swing and den the jingle begins all over again with the portfolio of lies!

Fix Just Power! Just power! angry

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Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by lwise(m): 5:44pm On Mar 26, 2017
Abeg who get phone charger, I wan charge my phone sad sad angry

I just wish God could format every Nigerians brain.
Restore us back to factory setting o Lord.

We really need to start all over

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Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by Angeleena(f): 5:45pm On Mar 26, 2017
everything under buhari,get k-leg..that man called buhari, is something else..it's more spiritual to physical..

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Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by ITbomb(m): 5:46pm On Mar 26, 2017
I don tire for this country sef.
Fight one corrupt person, take side and expose all you can. Next thing they will bring another more corrupt person and everything will be quiet because the new person is their boy

We need a total overhaul. Restructuring is the way out. We can't continue in this circle of the same people changing sides

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Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by Splinz(m): 5:47pm On Mar 26, 2017
And at the end of it, it's the poor masses that bears the brunt. SMH for this government.

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Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by SmartchoicesNG: 5:49pm On Mar 26, 2017
Empty words...
Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by Sweetguy25: 5:52pm On Mar 26, 2017
Is there anytime the Nigerian Senate is not in crisis?
Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by doctokwus: 6:04pm On Mar 26, 2017
Yet there sits a man that claims he wud give corruption a bloody nose but openly/covertly supports Saraki,Dogara,2 bastions of d kind of corruption that still stifles us.
I expect Ndume to be suspended without a farce,just like Jibrin,2 people that spilled and trying to spill the beans respectively,the shenanigans and maddening corruption in the NASS.Two people that tried to key into the anticorruption fight and d whistle blowing policy,but just like Jibrin was abandoned by d same presidency,I expect Ndume to receive d ruddest awakening when PMB keeps mute as he is suspended.
The only comfort I have is that,unlike Jibrin,Ndume is well oiled in d trenches,and wud give Saraki d kind of battle,even PMB cannot muster d courage to give him.

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Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by Jabioro: 6:07pm On Mar 26, 2017
The dogs has started eating each other, the barking will make sweet melody, many get wounded, many suspension would get gavel knock. chairs and tables will not be left behind.. Let us see how it goes ...

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Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by Justuceleague2: 6:08pm On Mar 26, 2017
What's next for Nigerians?
Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by Blackfire(m): 6:09pm On Mar 26, 2017
When is the next election, so I can vote these duchebag senators out.

Anyway that is if they have not finish us with hunger before then.

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Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by Temptee101(m): 6:09pm On Mar 26, 2017
How did buhari become the president?
How did different ethnic nationalities become a country?
How did the north and south merged together from nowhere?
How did Nigeria become a country?
And lastly, how did Nigerians become this dumb and clueless?

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Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by doctokwus: 6:12pm On Mar 26, 2017
Angeleena:
that man called buhari, is something else..it's more spiritual to physical..
I bliv u sister.
Buhari's contradictions,incompetence and outright docility on issues that shud make him score cheap popularity points with Nigerians,and reset this country,is not physical.There are indeed negative 'spiritual forces' controlling the man,thats seem to paralyse his thought processes and actions.

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Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by smartty68(m): 6:46pm On Mar 26, 2017
See how our irresponsible senates fights among themselves in disgrace. Kwontinu

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Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by Flexherbal(m): 6:46pm On Mar 26, 2017
Any politician that has not contributed to the growth and development of his people should go and sit down.
Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by obailala(m): 6:46pm On Mar 26, 2017
These rogues should just get down to business and pass the bloody 2017 budget before they continue with their nonsense dance of shame.
Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by jumpandpas(m): 6:47pm On Mar 26, 2017
ok
Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by Jerryojozy(m): 6:48pm On Mar 26, 2017
Na dem sabi. make dem fight well

Genius J
Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by Franchise21(m): 6:49pm On Mar 26, 2017
If them like, make them fall yakata...

Afterall, they're bunch of corrupt fellows only there for their pockets
Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by Einl(m): 6:49pm On Mar 26, 2017
It's so sad.

Unless we as a people reject wickedness and mediocrity we can't improve.

See as they are fighting. Imagine they we fighting for Nigeria's progress like that... e for better.
Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by Nobody: 6:50pm On Mar 26, 2017
Water people
Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by ipobbigot7: 6:50pm On Mar 26, 2017
National assembly of Nigeria stinks with corruption and criminals, there is need to flush the house.
Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by ekems2017(f): 6:50pm On Mar 26, 2017
This is the first time Senators are behaving like kids in primary school. At least we can testify that when David Mark was there, they were very organised. They resolve their differences amicably. Pls someone should help me tell them to respect their old ages that we the younger ones are watching.

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Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by LoveJesus87(m): 6:51pm On Mar 26, 2017
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Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by MrTypist: 6:52pm On Mar 26, 2017
Dino melaye again.
Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by dannythethug: 6:52pm On Mar 26, 2017
Buhari is a good leader
Re: Senate Crisis Gets Messier by jumpandpas(m): 6:52pm On Mar 26, 2017
Temptee101:
How did buhari become the president?

How did different ethnic nationalities become a country?

How did the north and south merged together from nowhere?

How did Nigeria become a country?

And lastly, how did Nigerians become this dumb and clueless?

It was the handwork of one lunatic called Lugard, he gave them a country and name it after a river.

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