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Ndume protests his removal as senate majority leader

11 January 2017, 14:06

Abuja - Former Senate Majority Leader, Ali Ndume  has protested his removal as the Senate leader by the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus.

Ndume, who spoke shortly after the Senate plenary began on Wednesday, said he was taken by surprise with the action of his APC colleagues..

Ndume, who sat behind the new majority leader Ahmed Lawan, expressed his utter shock and disappointment at his removal.

Ndume said he was shocked that 38 of his colleagues in APC signed the documents passing a vote of no confidence on him.

He warned the Senate that such actions should not be allowed in future because it casts doubts on the integrity of the Senate.

"If this happened to me today, it could be Ekweremadu tomorrow, we must protect the integrity of the Senate.

"Three times, I offered to resign as Senate Leader, but you all wanted me to stay," a disappointed Ndume said.

But before Ndume could finish his speech, some APC senators started to murmur .

Hw was, however, allowed to finish his speech.

Shortly after, Senator Marafa rose to speak on Order 41, saying due process was followed in the removal of  Ndume as Senate Leader.

"I am a proponent of the Rule of Law. What we did yesterday was not a breach of the rule of law" , Marafa said.

- News 24

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