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I did not beg Buhari, Tinubu for Saraki-Ndume

I did not beg Buhari, Tinubu for Saraki-Ndume

Senate Leader Mohammed Ali Ndume has denied that he visited President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to beg for Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

Speaking with reporters in Abuja, Senator Ndume noted that the Senate under Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki had put the leadership tussle behind it.

He said the main concentration of the Senate now was to support the Buhari administration to tackle the problems confronting the country.

The Borno South Senator claimed that he had been visiting Buhari and Tinubu on regular basis in the last 12 years because they were his political mentors.

He said: “On  my reported visit to Buhari, I am the  leader of the Eight Senate. My duties are: One, to lead the legislative business of the Senate; Two, to prepare the schedules of the Senate, and Three, to liaise with other committees.

“I am supposed to be the presenter of all government bills to the Presidency. So, in fact I am supposed to be in the Villa almost every day. My going to Villa is not supposed to be a big deal.

“Of course, I go to the Villa frequently, because we compare notes on bills that are going to come, including on these relationships.”

Ndume said other senators are also supposed to go to the Presidential Villa on personal basis and to interact with the President.

He noted:  “A newspaper (The Nation) reported yesterday that I was seen at Asiwaju’s place. Asiwaju is one of my mentors and of course the President, too. I have two political mentors: the President and Asiwaju.

“I have been going there before now for the past 12 years. So, my going to the Villa is not a new thing and so also is my visit to Tinubu. He is one of the people I respect and appreciate.

“During his 60th birthday, he invited 60 people that were close to him and I was one of them.”

On the controversial investigation of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,(EFCC) Mr.Ibrahim Lamorde,  he stated  “ I think there were some procedural lapses there (Lamorde’s probe)  but I don’t want to believe it was deliberate because there is no way you can cut corners or use the institution of the Senate to settle personal scores, it doesn’t work that way.

“After all, whatever decision you take has to be considered on the floor of the Senate and it has to be passed”


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