I warned Ningi about his budget padding claim but he didn’t listen – Ndume

Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Ali Ndume, has disclosed that he warned Senator Abdul Ningi over his claim that the 2024 budget was padded by over N3 trillion, but he refused to listen. 

Recall that Ningi who represents Bauchi Central was suspended for three months on Tuesday, March 12, over the claim which the senate said is false.

Appearing on a Channels Television program on Thursday, March 14, said;

“I sat next to the Senate Leader (Opeyemi Bamidele), he was very angry about what Ningi did, but honestly me too. What he (Ningi) did was wrong because I was involved.

“In the first instance, it started when they said capital project was skewed to the South. The total in that budget that was brought before us by the President was not up to N9 trillion, it was N8.9trn and they are talking of skewed capital project to the South and the total adding up to N15 trillion.

“That N15 trillion is strange, even with the amendment that we made, the capital component of this budget is not up to that. I told him he was wrong. I had even warned him when he brought the issue to me. I had told him to get a consultant to analyze the budget. But he refused to listen to me.”

Ndume further claimed that Ningi was trying to make 2024 project an ethnic and political issue, which is wrong. He added that when Ningi first presented the case to him, he told him to provide evidence which he could not.

The Borno senator went on to say that as a senior member of the Senate, he can attest to the fact that the North was not shortchanged by the South in the budget as claimed by Ningi.

 

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