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Barely 24 hours after Ningi’s suspension from senate, Tinubu meets Akpabio, Barau, others 

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A few hours after the suspension of Abdul Ningi from senate on Tuesday, President Bola Tinubu met with Senate President Godswill Akpabio, the deputy president of the senate, Jibrin Barau and some other lawmakers at the State House in Abuja.

Ningi, the senator representing Bauchi Central, was suspended after he alleged that the 2024 budget was padded by N3 trillion.

Ningi, during the weekend, stirred a controversy when he made the allegation and said a “huge damage” has been done to the north and the entire country through the budget.

The national assembly had passed a budget of 28.7 trillion for the 2024 fiscal year.

Tinubu had proposed N27.5 trillion, but the lawmakers jacked it up by N1.2 trillion.

Ningi on Monday said he was not afraid of suspension from the senate.

“If it is a cross that I have to carry, I will carry it. I’m not afraid of anything. I believe in one God and I believe that power is transient,” he said.

“I am not scared of any issue like suspension – I have been out of the senate for eight years and people had to force me back.”

At Tuesday’s proceedings, Ningi, who came with documents, said he had evidence to back his claims.

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