2024 Budget Scandal: Jittery Akpabio Moves To Recall Ningi From Suspension


Worried over public criticisms and reaction of the alleged padding of the 2024 Appropriation Act and the hurriedly planned suspension of Senator Abdul Ningi, a jittery President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio has commenced moves aimed at recalling the Bauchi Central Senator from his three months suspension.

Akpabio, who has come under scrutiny over his management of the affairs of the National Assembly, told journalists on arrival from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) meeting in Geneva, Switzerland that the Senate is set to recall Senator Abdul Ningi from his three months suspension.

Akpabio particularly said; “The Senate will soon review the three months suspension it slammed on Ningi for claiming that the 2024 budget was allegedly padded with the sum of N3.7trillion”.

Senator Ningi had on Thursday through his lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, SAN wrote Akpabio and gave him seven days within which to recall him or face legal action.

Akpabio while responding to journalists enquiry, said that even though he was yet to see the said letter, it is already receiving due attention.

The Senate President said the matter would be resolved like a family affair and hopefully Ningi would return to take his seat earlier than expected.

In the words of Akpabio; “It is a parliamentary decision. I have not seen the letter yet. But Senator Ningi is one of us. 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,” he enthused.

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