Three-time senator and, till a few days ago, Majority Leader, Senator Ali Ndume (Borno South) has accepted his removal from the position, which he assumed on June 9, 2015.
He was replaced with Senator Ahmed Lawan (Yobe North) after the APC caucus in a letter which was transmitted to the Senate and read by Senate President Bukola Saraki on Tuesday.
The acceptance of removal happened during the House’s plenary session where he raised a point of order that was recognised by the Senate Vice President.
Ndume, who quoted Order 43, said that the senate was an institution that must be protected by lawmakers.
He thanked his colleagues for the confidence reposed in him while he served them as majority leader. He reiterated his belief that he sees no reason fro his removal but will go along with the wishes of his colleagues.
According to him, the senate is an institution that must be protected through obedience to senate rules and the traditions.
He said: “As far as I know, I have not done anything, and then just like that, the senate caucus has the right to say they have lost confidence in me.
“To the best of my knowledge, I did not do anything. But as I said, since my colleagues, consciously, 40 of them signed. In fact, if the number of those that lost confidence in me is not up to this number, and I’m made to know, I will resign because I did not become a senate leader whose lawmakers have no confidence in.”
“But as I said, since you have lost confidence in me, even if it is ten of you, then I have no moral ground to continue to lead this senate, because that means there are some people that are not with me.”
In the same vein, Ndume urged the APC caucus to give room to members who have erred for fair hearing. This would allow for dialogue and also give the erring member a chance to defend his/her actions.
He went on to congratulate his successor and also wished him good luck in his new position.
“ So I thank you for the opportunity given to me to have served as the senate leader and I wish Sen. Ahmed Lawan the best of service to this institution.
In his remark, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over plenary noted that the services Ndume had rendered to the National Assembly could not be wished away.
He urged him to continue to offer his services to the senate and people of his constituency.
“We are conscious of your efforts in the North-east in the role you played in ensuring that the humanitarian crisis was been addressed.”
“I congratulate you for the manner in which you accepted the true position of things and we assure that we will all continue to work harmoniously for the good of our country.”