…says no N70m for Monkey to swallow
As controversy continue to trail the reported N70 million belonging to the Northern Senators Forum (NSF), the man at the centre of the storm, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, has dismissed claims that monkey may have been responsible for the theft of the money.
Adamu became a focus of attention after his colleagues, led by Kaduna Central Senator, Shehu Sani alleged that the NSF fund kept in his care was allegedly swallowed by monkey in his farm house, which later resulted to his removal as the Chairman of the forum.
But giving his own account of the development, Adamu accused his colleagues of ‘concocting’ the allegation to justify his removal, saying it was a case of ‘giving dog a bad name in order to hang it’ following his position on the amendment of Electoral Act Bill.
Adamu and eight other senators had protested the reordering of election sequence, accusing their colleagues of targeting President Muhammadu Buhari with the revised arrangement.
In an interview with Daily Trust, Adamu said neither was there N70 million of NSF in his care nor did he mismanage it as alleged, giving details of how the fund belonging to the forum was utilised by all members.
“In order to give a dog a bad name, they now went to say that they had N70m that I mismanaged or whatever,” he dismissed the allegation of monkey swallowing the NSF fund.
Continuing, he explained that “The NSF, to the best of my knowledge, has never had N70m, at least not during my tenure that they purported it was mismanaged.
“We inherited something in the region of N62m/N63m that was declared by the outgone secretary of the forum who happens to be the present Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan.
“I didn’t touch one kobo until when we were going to Katsina for the NSF retreat. When we were going, we got the same guys to sign for the transport fares.
“Every senator that attended was paid N250, 000 as allowance for his two days and everyone also got N150, 000 for return ticket. They got these and they signed. The remaining money was returned to Abuja and was paid back into the account.
“You know, when you talk of money, everybody’s attention will be attracted. They did this to get attention, but this is just garbage, and for the allegation, it is up to them to prove.”
Providing an insight on why his colleagues may be after him, the senator representing Nasarawa West, said he was simply framed up for protesting the reordering of election sequence.
Adamu, who maintained his stance against the action of his colleagues, said he believed the action was unnecessary, noting that he is already talking to those who shared his views on the matter.
Apparently predicting the consequence of his opposition, Adamu appeared unmoved at his likely suspension from the upper legislative chamber, however, saying no one can take away his membership of the Senate.
“I believe as a senator, it is not over because they will transmit it to the president for assent, he can sign it and he may decide not to assent to it,” he told his interviewer.
“Remember, on the floor of the senate, they are saying they will override him (the president) as if they are in a motor park. They said so freely as if they had a grudge against the president.
“As a senator, I started talking to people who shared opinion with me on the passage of the bill. We are talking on it and yes, I have been holding meetings on it.
“I have a right of association, a fundamental right in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the fact that my position as a senator has not been taken away from me.
“There is no law that says that if a decision is taken on the floor of the senate, right or wrong, a senator has no right to talk to anybody outside the chamber on the matter; there is no such law.
“So, I have decided to be having meetings here, I have been having the meetings and I will continue to have the meetings.
“The worst anybody can do is to suspend me, but they don’t have any authority over my membership of the senate.”