Saraki’s Loyalists Divided Over Ali Ndume, Former Senate Leader
By Sola Sadiq – /-
Saraki’s Loyalists Divided Over Sen. Ali Ndume
A secret plot to suspend Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume has led to a crack among the senators loyal to Senator Bukola Saraki, the Senate President – Treasure can now reveal.
In the last couple of weeks following the “palace coup” that led to his ouster as the Senate Leader, Ndume has assumed the status of an activist of sorts, by criticising a few controversial decisions taken by the Senate.
The first was the non-confirmation of Mr. Ibrahim Magu as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on which Ndume openly voiced his displeasure.
Then came his motion on Tuesday asking the Senate to investigate allegations of educational certificate forgery levelled against Senate Dino Melaye by an online news medium.
The Senate has since referred the matter to its Ethics and Privileges Committee for investigation, but it was learnt that many staunch senators loyal to Saraki are allegedly toying with the idea of suspending Ndume if he continues with his “belligerent posture”.
But a few other senators are suing for caution, warning that applying the “Jubrin Treatment” on Ndume would be a “costly mistake.”
According to sources, these senators argue that the Borno State-born lawmaker not only has the capacity and experience to fight dirty, but that as a former member of the clique that propelled Saraki to the Senate Presidency, taking him on would lead to revelations of “closely guarded secrets” of what transpired during that period.
For now, sources disclosed that the plan to suspend Ndume has been shelved pending further developments.
Ndume has been a member of the National Assembly since 2003 when he joined the House of Representatives from Borno State.