Borno State Senator, Ali Ndume, has revealed why he was sacked as the Senate Majority Leader.
According to Ndume, his sack came because he insisted that the Senate did not follow the proper procedure in its rejection of Mr. Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
On Tuesday, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, announced the removal of Senator Ali Ndume, as the Senate Majority Leader.
According to Saraki, the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus had requested for leadership change.
The letter of his removal and replacement by Senator Ahmed Lawan, was read by the senate president while he was away to observe his afternoon prayers.
Senator Lawan before his appointment today as the Senate Majority Leader, was the Chairman Senate Committee on Defence.
Ndume noted that his colleagues plotted his sack because he insisted that in view of the Senate’s standard procedures and practice, Magu had not been rejected because he was not given any chance to defend claims that were made against him.
“What I said was that for us (Senate) to claim to have a rejected a nominee sent to us by the president, we have to follow the right procedure, and observe our rules,” the senator said.
“The nominee should have been called into the chamber and presented before senators who will then openly vote on whether to accept or reject his or her nomination.
“In the case of Magu, that was not done. We only had a closed-door session and when we emerged the Senate spokesperson claimed that he had been rejected. I had to set the record straight by saying we never rejected the nominee. This is because you don’t accept or reject a nominee at a closed session.
“Our votes and proceedings are there as evidence of my claims.”
“I was surprised that such a simple and harmless clarification could rattle and anger some of my colleagues,” he said. I thought it wasn’t a big deal to disagree over issues. I didn’t realise that that simple matter would snowball into a plot to remove me.
“The other day, somebody mentioned to me that the Senate President had commissioned Dino Melaye to collect signatures to remove me. I didn’t pay much attention to the information because I actually thought it was a joke or a rumour.
“I didn’t feel that disagreeing with colleagues, and sharing my understanding of what transpired at our closed session was an offence, grievous enough to cause my removal.”