Yar’Adua Takes Over From Ningi as Northern Senators’ Forum Chairman Amidst Budget Controversy



The Spokesman for the Senate, Yemi Adaramodu, has berated the Peoples Democratic Party for calling for the resignation of the Senate President, Senator GodsWill Akpabio, over the unfounded claim ofN3.7tn budget padding by Ningi.

The budget padding allegation was raised by the PDP senator representing Bauchi Central, Senator Abdul Ningi.

Ningi, in a media interview, claimed that while the budget passed by the National Assembly for the 2024 fiscal year was N25tn, the one being executed by the Presidency was N28.7tn

The PDP knocked Ningi’s suspension, calling on Akpabio to resign as Senate President to pave the way for an independent investigation into the budget padding allegation.

However, reacting on Thursday, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Adaramodu, knocked the PDP.

He said, “The PDP has elevated chicanery to statecraft and fatally failed in their sordid attempt to hoodwink the unsuspecting public, on the ineffectual but spurious allegations of budget padding.

“The party’s ludicrous call for the resignation of Senator Godswill Akpabio as the Senate President is unthinkable and shows the party as a massaging balm for falsehood and immoral legislative outbursts.”

Adaramosu stressed that Akpabio would not resign.

Meanwhile, All Progressives Congress Senator Abdulaziz Yar’Adua representing Katsina Central has replaced Ningi as the Chairman of the Northern Senators’ Forum.

Ningi immediately resigned from the position following his suspension by the Senate.

Yar’Adua’s emergence as the new Chairman of the NSF was a sequel to unanimous endorsement to that effect by senators across the three geo-political zones in the North.

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