Budget Padding allegation: Bauchi PDP members protest

Budget Padding allegation: Bauchi PDP members protest

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Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ningi LGA of Bauchi State staged a peaceful protest on Saturday to express their anger over the suspension of their member and representative at the Senate, Abdul Ahmed Ningi.

Recall that the Senate last week suspended the Senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Abdu Ahmed Ningi, over his allegations of budget padding by the Senate to the tune of N3.7 trillion.

The peaceful protest was organised by a coalition of Ningi PDP youth groups led by the chairman of the party in the LGA, Alh Dan Lamin, who described the suspension as “uncalled for and undemocratic.”

The protesters are therefore demanding that the decision be rescinded by the Senate because, according to them, Abdul Ahmad Ningi did not contravene any known law of the country as the constitution guarantees him freedom of expression.

The leader of the youth groups, Kamilu Barau Ningi, said that they received the news of the suspension with a rude shock, as what happened did not warrant such an action by the Senate.

He said that what the Senate should have done was to thoroughly investigate the veracity of the allegation and come up with findings for Nigerians and others following the development to know exactly what transpired.

The PDP Chairman in Ningi LGA, Alh Dan Lami, commended the youth groups for the peaceful manner in which they conducted the protest, saying that the entire PDP is in support of the protest.

The PDP Chairman added that the party would pursue the matter diligently and legitimately until the truth is revealed about the alleged budget padding raised by the senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District.

Also speaking, the caretaker chairman of Ningi LGA, Hon. Ibrahim Zubairu, condemned the suspension of Sen. Abdul Ningi from the Senate, saying that it was undemocratic and unjustified.

According to him, the Senate took the decision to suspend him in haste in just one session without duly investigating the allegation raised and without giving him a fair hearing.

He assured that the PDP in Ningi LGA is solidly behind the senator, saying that “he is our leader, our mentor, and our strong pillar of support. We will do everything possible to protect his integrity and political well-being.”

In his own remarks, the Member representing Burra Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Ibrahim Tanko Burra, described the suspension as a great injustice to the Bauchi South Senatorial District, which Sen. Abdul Ahmad Ningi is representing.

The lawmaker said that there was no justification for the suspension, calling on the Senate to, as a matter of urgency, rescind the suspension and recall him immediately.

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