Senator Ali Ndume has denied bearing any malice towards Senate President Bukola Saraki and Senator Dino Melaye, over his call for the probe of the duo.
According to Daily Trust, the immediate-past Senate leader, said that he should be commended and not condemned, for raising the issue due to precedents in the National Assembly.
He said: “Are you saying I should not have raised the issue? It was in the public domain, and it is in the Senate tradition by Rule 14 and 15. There were precedents that were investigated.
In the history of National Assembly, Salisu Buhari’s case came in the media too that he did not graduate from the University of Toronto Canada and was investigated. When it was discovered he did not have the degree, he stepped down and was prosecuted and sentenced before he was pardoned by former President Obasanjo.
“During the Fifth Assembly, Masari as Speaker was investigated over his certificate and cleared. Bankole was accused of not observing the NYSC and he was investigated. He produced his certificate and we verified it. Also, there was the Patricia Etteh case, and she had to clear herself.
“In the Senate, Enwerem had difference of ‘S’ controversy in his certificate as in Evan and Evans, he was investigated and when it was discovered that there were discrepancies, he resigned. Chuba Okadigbo was investigated too and he lost his seat.
Adolphus Wabara was accused of corruption and investigated. Even David Mark was accused and investigated and cleared. If you observe, the rate of abuses thrown at the Senate has reduced since I raised the issue,” Ndume added.
The All Progressives Congress senator said his action was not due to bitterness as the events that led to his call for the probe happened after his exit as Senate leader.
Meanwhile, the case of alleged certificate forgery against Senator Dino Melaye has assumed a serious dimension as the federal government is set to investigate the allegations against the senator.
Senator Melaye’s trouble began on Monday, March 20, 2017, after an online news medium, Sahara Reporters, alleged that the senator did not graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna state for his first degree, against his claim that he studied geography in the prestigious institution.
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