Why I was removed as Senate Leader- Ali Ndume

The All Progressives Congress (APC) members of the Senate have removed Ali Ndume as their leader.

The decision to change leadership was taken at the APC Senate Caucus held in Abuja on Monday.

The decision was conveyed by Senate President Bukola Saraki who read a letter he claimed was submitted to him by the caucus.

The letter reads: “NOTICE OF CHANGE OF LEADERSHIP; This is to inform Your Excellency and the Senate that after several meetings held on Monday, 9th of January, 2017, and upon due deliberation and consultation, the APC Caucus of the Senate, hereby wish to notify you of the change in the leadership of the Senate that the new Senate leader is now Senator Ahmad Lawan, representing Yobe North Senatorial District.

Kindly accept our esteem regards and best assurances. Yours faithfully”, Senate President Saraki read the letter.”

Mr. Ndume told journalists that the decision to remove him came as a shock.

According to sources, Ndume’s predicament might not be unconnected with his statement on the senate stand on the rejection of Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), where he said senate failure to confirm Magu did not mean total rejection.

His words “Let me say I do not have much to say because actually I was leading the business of the Senate and when it was like quarter to 1 O’clock as usual, I asked my Deputy to sit in for me while I go to pray. On coming back, I discovered that the session is over and one of your colleagues approached me and said leader what happened and I said what happened? and he said there has been announcement in the change of leadership, I said I didn’t know.

“At this point, that is the position. I didn’t know that there was change of leadership because I was not there I went for prayers and I didn’t know what actually happened and I cannot say much now. But there is a process, and I am not aware of any meeting where the decision was taken”, he said.

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