By Cecilia John
Sen. Kabiru Marafa has debunked speculations that former Majority Leader, Sen. Ali Ndume, was removed based his stand on Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu.
Marafa, who is Chairman Senate Committee on Petroleum(Downstream), made this known in an interview with our correspondent.
Recall that recently, the Senate rejected the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and sent his nomination back to the President.
However, Ndume after plenary said that what the Senate did was not a rejection as the Senate could not take such a decision at an Executive session but an open plenary.
Marafa who declined reasons why Ndume was removed, said it was the prerogative of the party to appoint or reject any principal officer as contained in the Senate Standing Rules.
Mafara, who is Spokesman, Unity Forum, a faction of All Progressives Congress (APC) senators in support of Lawan, said 40 APC lawmakers appended their signature in favour of Ndume’s removal based on different reasons.
He added that the most important thing was that the lawmakers that appended their signatures wanted Ndume removed.
“The assertion that Ndume was removed because of Magu’s case is not true because he didn’t do Magu as much as I did Magu.
“I am not from the same place with Magu as Ndume is but I fought for him.
“ I am doing the APC bidding in the senate and as long as is not against the Constitution, I am here to protect it.
“ The President submitted Magu’s name and I worked for Magu and a lot of senators did,’’ he said.
On Ndume acceptance of his removal, Marafa commended him for his sportsmanship.
However, he faulted him for claiming that due process was not followed in his removal.
According to Marafa, “we as a senate are guided by our rules, whatever we do are guided by our rules and those rules are offshoot of the constitution.
“Section 60 of the Constitution gives us the right to regulate our own procedure, any how we want to do it. The moment we say this is how we want to do it we have a responsibility to do it that way.
“ If you go back to Order 32 Section 6, you will see how principal officers can be removed.
“It says if you can remove them by majority, it didn’t say you have to be consulted.
“This is unlike the executive officers like the President and governors. The constitution says that you have to confront them with your allegations. You cannot just sit down and impeach a governor.’’
The lawmaker urged newsmen to always carry out their findings before reporting on any matter of public interest to avoid misleading people.
He called on them to equally interpret rules correctly to avoid misinterpretation when same rules were applied in different situations.
He said, “If tomorrow something happens to someone people won’t say we are applying the rules selectively.
“Or that that when we were dealing with Sen. Ndume we violated the rules and followed the rules in another instance. We followed the due process.
Sen. Ali Ndume was on Jan. 11 removed as a Majority Leader by the APC Senate Caucus.
He was replaced by Sen. Ahmed Lawan (APC-Yobe North), who until his appointment was Chairman Senate Committee on Defence.
Meanwhile, Ndume on the floor of the senate on Wednesday accepted his removal for the promotion of democracy.
However, he adduced that due process was not followed because he was not consulted before being removed.