National Assembly: Senate resumes plenary, announces removal of Ali Ndume as Senate leader

Ali Ndume no longer Senate Leader.
Ali Ndume no longer Senate Leader.

The Nigerian Senate’s first task upon resumption of plenary on Tuesday was to announce the removal of Senator Ali Ndume as Senate Leader.

He has been replaced, with immediate effect, with Senator Ahmed Lawan, Channels TV reports.

Senate president, Bukola Saraki made the announcement via a letter written to the Senate by the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus.

It is unclear on what grounds Senator Ndume was removed but there had been disagreements between the lawmaker and the Senate over the status of Ibrahim Magu as EFCC Chairman.

Ndume had told reporters that the non-confirmation of Magu as the anti-graft agency’s Chairman did not amount to a rejection. The Senate however maintained its position that Magu was not a popular choice.

Ndume has reacted to his removal, describing it as a surprise as he had no prior knowledge he had been removed and replaced.

The Senate will now go on to deliberate on a plethora of issues, including the 2017 budget, Southern Kaduna killings, and MMM.