Alleged budget padding: North-East CNG backs Ningi for protecting the interests of North 

Alleged budget padding: North-East CNG backs Ningi for protecting the interests of North 

The North-East Chapter of the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has thrown it weight behind by Senator Abdul Ningi, describing him as not just a true representative of his constituents but also one who stands to protect the interests of the North and Nigeria as a whole. 

The group said they observed with rather a shock, that a ranking senator, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, stooped so low to profiling northern senators and by implication, the northern people for planning to stage what he described as “a civilian coup”. 

The Zonal Coordinator, Isah Abubakar Waziri in a press release said Senator deserves their collective approbation.  

In his words ” We observed with keen interest the discussions that ensued in the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly as a corollary to the allegations of budget padding in the 2024 Budget by Senator Abdul Ningi.

“Expectedly, the senators debated the issue in the Red Chamber as their tradition as a lawmaking body of the country and as an important institution of democratic governance.

“It is imperative to educate Bamidele that the North he is insulting gave the highest and most decisive number of votes to the incumbent President Bola Tinubu just as the northern senators who constitute the majority facilitated the emergence of Godswill Akpabio as the Senate President. 

“For the avoidance of any doubt, it is important to unravel this dangerous rhetoric woven around our differences by a senator through provoking sectional sentimental calculation over and above the priority of collective and cohesive struggle to enshrine accountability and transparency in the Senate. 

“Let it be vivid to Bamidele that the Northern lawmakers always make robust legislative engagements irrespective of who is superintending the National Assembly which is why for example Abdulmumini Jibrin challenged Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara and Sen. Ali Ndume confronted Sen. Bukola Saraki with allegations, yet, it was only the issues that were dissected and debated. 

“It is necessary to deploy every plausible means to disabuse the ilk of Bamidele from such narrow political conjecture that can only gain currency in a situation that stifles democratic etiquette. 

“It is clear, therefore, that Bamidele, as a majority leader of the senate, has some skeletons on his cupboard with the alleged budget padding that was why he resorted to ethnic-cum-regional chauvinism while commenting on the issue that he was talking as a “southerner”; reclining to his parochial and primordial enclave to prevent further exposition of his corruption and that of the senate leadership of which he is a part.

“Thus, we have lost confidence on the current leadership of the senate that is mired in monumentally unprecedented corruption which has never happened in any senate. A serving senator, inside the plenary session of the senate, senator Jarigbe Jarigbe, disclosed that some senators were given staggering 500 million naira while others were allocated 200 million naira in the 2024 Budget. 

“This brazen and despicable abuse of office decimates the remainder of any pretense to abide by constitutional provisions and rules guiding the National Assembly.

“Similarly, a civil society organization, BudgIT, confirmed Senator Ningi’s allegations that N3.7trn could not be accounted for in the 2024 appropriation which Bamidele is depriving Nigerians from knowing the truth, or interrogating facts and figures.

“These accusations and blackmail to the North do not come as a surprise to us as Bamidele is trying to position himself as a parochial and ethnic chauvinist who bluntly described himself as a “southerner” while making his unsavory remarks,” he said.

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