Budget Padding Allegation: Labour Party senators behind Ningi – National Youth Leader


By Lanre Oloyede

Labour Party has revealed that its senators in the 10th National Assembly are in support of Senator Abdul Ningi (PDP Kano Central) who accused the leadership of the Upper Chamber of padding the 2024 budget.

The party also declared that “many Senators besides Labour Party Senators backed the suspended Lawmaker for his courage.”

The National Chairman, Julius Abure, who was represented by the National Youth Leader, Prince Kennedy Ahanotu, told youths on a solidarity visit at the Party Secretariat in Abuja on Friday, that “Even members of Labour Party are happy with that kind of presentation he made. And you know in the National Assembly, it’s not about the person that spoke out.

“There are a lot of people that supported him. But he’s the one that the floor was given before he spoke.

“And he represented that. So he was given the floor to speak. But I can assure you that many senators, including Labour Party senators, are solidly behind him because he is trying to unravel the ills of the National Assembly.

“Was it not on national TV that the President of the Senate told Nigerian Senators that he is going to be sending tokens into their account? And within one minute he withdrew it and said he is going to be sending prayers.

So there are issues in the National Assembly which we are using this opportunity to ask the National Assembly to remember that it is us, Nigerians, who voted for them. And we voted for them to represent us, let them represent us well.”

Prince Ahanotu added “I think as a national leader, personally as a person, I congratulate Senator Ningi for speaking out because we can’t continue like this in Nigeria.

“Some days, some times, people need to speak out. And he’s speaking out, personally me, and on behalf of Nigerian youth, we are applauding, we’re congratulating, we’re thanking, and we urge more senators and more House of Representatives to speak out.