Shettima, Northern leaders meet Saraki, plead for Ndume

by Azeez Adeniyi

Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima and some Northern leaders have pleaded with Senate President Bukola Saraki and other lawmakers to lift the suspension on former senate majority leader, Ali Ndume, Premium Times reports.

According to the news site, Shettima led the Northern elders to a meeting with Saraki at his residence on Thursday night.

A source said, “They went to meet other leaders in Senate as well.”

It was gathered that Shettima also met with the Chairman committee on appropriation, Danjuma Goje and also Dino Melaye.

[Read Also: Senate suspends Ali Ndume for six months]

“He is determined to meet and persuade as many Senators as possible over Ndume’s suspension,” a source said.

When asked if it was true that some elders were meditating on his behalf, Ndume said ,“what you heard is correct.”

Ndume who represents Borno was suspended after he called for investigation into allegations of certificate forgery involving Dino Melaye and fake car documents involving Bukola Saraki.

The Senate committee on Ethics had vindicated both lawmakers after a hearing on Monday.

The committee also recommended a 181 legislative days suspension for Ndume.

[Read Also: Senate ethics committee recommends suspension of Ali Ndume]

It was however reduced to six months following a plea for a lighter punishment.

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