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Opposition senators raise alarm over plan to impose minority leader

Written by on June 26, 2023

Eight senators from opposition parties have raised the alarm over an alleged plan to impose a minority leader on members of the 10th Senate.

In a statement jointly signed on Saturday, the senators say some persons within and outside the Senate chamber are planning to cause a crisis among the minority parties in order to weaken their strength in the upper house.

The senators that signed the statement are Mohammed Aliero, PDP, Kebbi Central; Seriake Dickson, PDP, Bayelsa West ; Aminu Tambuwal, PDP, Sokoto South, and Abdul Ningi, PDP, Bauchi Central.

Others are Abba Moro, PDP, Benue North; Ezenwa Onyewuchi, PDP, Imo East; Sumaila Kawu, NNPP, Kano South and Ifeanyi Ubah, YPP, Anambra South.

The senators cautioned against causing a crisis within the minority parties, stressing that they have all pledged to work and support the Godswill Akpabio-led senate leadership. 

In the meantime, a former Nigerian state governor who is accused of stealing public funds while in office has donated millions of naira to residents for Sallah celebrations.

Bello Matawalle, who lost his second term bid as Zamfara State governor and left office on 29 May, is being investigated by the anti-graft agency, EFCC, for allegedly stealing billions of naira of state funds while in office.

Apart from graft allegations, Mr. Matawalle’s government also failed to pay workers’ salaries for three months.

The state’s Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Tukur Danfulani, in a statement, says the ex-governor donated N200 million to his supporters in the state for Sallah celebrations.

Mr. Danfulani further says the beneficiaries include party members, stakeholders, women, youth groups and organisations in the state.

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