Just In: Day after Ningi Threatens Legal Action, Akpabio Says Senate Will Lift Suspension Soon

Senate President Godswill Akpabio has announced plans for the Red Chamber to revoke the suspension imposed on Senator Abdul Ningi (PDP, Bauchi Central).

Akpabio Says Senate Will Lift Suspension Soon

This development transpired just 24 hours after Senator Ningi penned a letter to Akpabio, indicating his intention to pursue legal action if his suspension remained unresolved within a seven-day timeframe.

Senator Ningi’s suspension stemmed from remarks made during a BBC Hausa interview, wherein he alleged that the 2024 fiscal year budget had been inflated by N3.7 trillion.

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Following intense deliberations among Senators during a plenary session, Ningi was suspended for three months and instructed to issue a formal apology to the Senate.

In a letter written by his counsel, Femi Falana (SAN), Ningi accused Akpabio of being the accuser, the prosecutor, and the judge in the case which he said is in utter violation of the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria.

In the letter titled; ‘Request To Lift The Suspension Of Senator Abdul Ahmed Ningi,’ dated Wednesday, March 27, 2024, Senator Ningi threatened to seek legal redress.

The Senator accused Akpabio of causing him to be put on trial before the Senate on March 14, 2024 “contrary” to the provisions of the Legislative Houses (Powers and Privileges) Act, 2018.

But answering questions from newsmen on Friday on arrival from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, Akpabio said the Senate will soon review the three-month suspension.

He said, “It is a parliamentary decision. I have not seen the letter yet. But Senator Ningi is one of us. I mean what is suspension? I believe that in a few days, he will join us. So, there is no problem. It would be resolved amicably. The Senate is a family.”