Members of the All Progressives Congress caucus in the Senate on Tuesday sacked the Majority Leader, Ali Ndume.
He was sacked for criticising the upper chamber for its refusal to confirm the appointment of the Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu,
He was replaced with Senator Ahmed Lawan.
Senate president Bukola Saraki on the flooor of the Senate read a letter written to him by the APC caucus informing the chamber that its its leadership had changed.
Below is the letter: “This is to inform Your Excellency and the Senate that after several meetings held on Monday, 9th of January, 2017, and upon due deliberation and consultation, the APC caucus of the Senate hereby wishes to notify you of the change in the leadership of the Senate, that the new Senate Leader is now Senator Ahmad Lawan, representing Yobe North Senatorial District.”
Ali Ndume reacts
Dissatisfied, Ndume quickly addressed a press conference saying he was surprised.
Said Ndume: “Let me say I don’t have much to say because I was leading the business of the Senate and when it was like 12.45pm, as usual, I asked my deputy (Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah) to stand in for me while I go to pray.
“On coming back, I discovered that the session was over and one of your colleagues (journalists) approached me and said, “Leader, what happened?” And I asked what happened and he said there was an announcement of a change of leadership. I said I didn’t know. And at this point, that is the position. I didn’t know that there was change of leadership because I was not there; I went to pray and I didn’t know what actually happened and I cannot say much than that.”