Ali Ndume accepts removal as Senate Majority Leader; congratulates Ahmed Lawan
Former Majority Leader of the Senate, Sen. Ali Ndume, who was unceremoniously removed as senate majority leader on Tuesday by a caucus of the APC senators has accepted his removal.
According to Punch Newspaper, Ndume, while raising a point of order during the plenary on Wednesday, decried his sacking without the opportunity of a fair hearing.
He said, “As far as I know, I have not done anything, and then just like that, the senate caucus has the right to say they have lost confidence in me.
“To the best of my knowledge, I did not do anything. But as I said, since my colleagues, consciously, 40 of them signed. In fact, if the number of those that lost confidence in me is not up to this number, and I’m made to know, I will resign because I did not become a senate leader whose law makers have no confidence in.”
“But as I said, since you have lost confidence in me , even if it is ten of you, then I have no moral ground to continue to lead this senate, because that means there are some people that are not with me.”
“Distinguished colleagues, henceforth if any of our colleagues errs in one way or the order, he should be given the chance to say, look this is what you did.Therefore, we have lost confidence in you.
“I thank God that since there is nothing, I’m grateful for that.
“ So I thank you for the opportunity given to me to have served as the senate leader and I wish Sen. Ahmed Lawan the best of service to this institution.”
In his remark, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over plenary noted that the services Ndume had rendered to the National Assembly could not be wished away.
He urged him to continue to offer his services to the senate and people of his constituency.
“We are conscious of your efforts in the North-east in the role you played in ensuring that the humanitarian crisis was been addressed.”
“I congratulate you for the manner in which you accepted the true position of things and we assure that we will all continue to work harmoniously for the good of our country.”
Ali Ndume had on Tuesday rejected his removal as Senate Majority leader by the APC senate caucus.
“I still remain Senate Leader, ” Ndume claimed during a press briefing with National Assembly correspondents on Tuesday.
He added that he was not aware of his removal by the APC Senate Caucus because he had no knowledge of when the decision to remove him was taken.