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‘Saraki may have something to hide’ Adamu calls for forensic audit of NASS budgetary allocations

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A federal lawmaker, Abdullahi Adamu, has called for probe into budgetary allocations to the National Assembly.

Adamu made the call while speaking with journalists in Abuja on Sunday.

He said an audit had become necessary in view the Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s refusal to vacate his seat after defecting from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

According to him, Saraki’s refusal to vacate his seat after defecting to a minority party could be because he has something to hide.

He said, “I call for a forensic audit of the finances of the Parliament which has been thoroughly messed up under the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki.

“We did not know what Saraki’s agenda is. As we go through this tenure of his, the more we see things being unearthed.

“For him to refuse to move or leave the chair, there must be a reason for it.

“As the Chairman of the National Assembly, there is so much that he is doing that we want to take a look at.

“If he is clean let him move away and accept that there should be a forensic audit of the national assembly funds under his watch. Simple. Let him move so that we will see what he is sitting over.

“We have seen his unbridled ambition. We have seen now that even though the odds are so much against him, he went to a party that is now losing ground and that is now a minority in the National Assembly.”

On continued call by the leadership of the APC for Saraki to vacate his seat, Adamu said “it is pretty obvious that Saraki’s influence has diminished completely.

“Because he has lost the respect and confidence of majority of senators and well-meaning Nigerians, but he’s just latching on to that seat because of the privileges he enjoys.

“Ordinarily, Saraki needed not wait for any pressure to be mounted on him before he resigns from his position as Senate president.

“You cannot command any respect or assert your authority as a leader when majority of those you’re supposed to lead have lost confidence in you and are opposed to your leadership.

“So, if he is a self-respecting person, he does not even need anyone to ask that he should throw in the towel because he and his PDP have lost majority in the Senate.”