Saraki skips question on Ndume, says ‘let’s focus on national issues’

Saraki skips question on Ndume, says ‘let’s focus on national issues’

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Senate President Bukola Saraki avoided a question on the suspension of Ali Ndume, former majority leader of the senate on Tuesday, saying the focus should be on national issues.

Ndume was handed a six-month suspension for moving a motion that Saraki and Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, be investigated based on some allegations levelled against them.

While Saraki was accused of being the owner of a vehicle seized by the Nigeria Customs Service because the documents used in clearing it were forged, Melaye was alleged to have forged the certificate of his degree from Ahmadu Bello University.

Both men denied the allegations and were cleared by the senate committee on ethics and privileges which carried out investigations.

He also commended the national assembly for carrying out its constitutional duties in spite of the crises.

“We have assurance that the budget is going on and is going on very well,” he said.

“The report I get, or the briefing I get from the minister of budget is that the national assembly has been very cooperative in the interactions between both his ministry and other ministries.

“I want to pay tribute to the national assembly for the degree of cooperation that they have been extending to the executive in spite of seeming differences on the surface.

“Secondly, I want to say that we have now completed our consultations with the national assembly and we are going to move forward from now.

“Once that is done, I can assure you and assure the nation that in the next couple of weeks, we will have a new level of cohesion, cooperation and mutual respect between the different arms of government and the party.”

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