- Senator Ali Ndume was recently suspended for six months for asking the Senate to investigate the scandals that rocked upper chamber
- Dino Melaye, while speaking on the suspension of Ndume, also insists he is a graduate of the Harvard University
To get the forgiveness of Senate President Bukola Saraki as well as other senators, Ali Ndume, who was recently suspended for six months, must tender an unreserved apology, Dino Melaye has said.
But the forgiveness, according to Melaye, will only result in the reduction of Ndume’s punishment.
He also insisted that he possesses a degree from the prestigious Harvard University in spite of the institution's denial that the senator did not pass through the institution except for a training.
NAIJ.com reports that Ndume was suspended for asking the upper chamber to investigate the scandals that rocked the Senate and involved a bullet-proof car allegedly linked to Saraki and Melaye’s certificate issues.
Melaye, who represents Kogi West, spoke on Channels television arguing that the suspension of Ndume was not a witch-hunt.
“Senator Ndume is an experienced legislator, having been in the house of representatives for two terms, and this being his second term in the senate.
“I didn’t prophecy that he would be suspended, or did Bukola Saraki, who was wrongly accused.
“We are not the ones who make up the senate. Ndume should understand the workings of the National Assembly. The senate is made up of 109 members.
“So, the decision to suspend Ndume was not that of Saraki or myself, but the decision of the Nigerian senate after investigation by the relevant committees.
“We have a very responsible senate president, a very compassionate Nigerian who does not believe in witch-hunting.
“Already, there is a lot of pressure, and people are appealing to the person of Bukola Saraki, and I can say on good authority that if Saraki had presided over Ndume’s case, he may not have been suspended because the senate president is a compassionate character.
“So, if Ndume shows remorse, apologise to the senate, the Bukola Saraki that I know will persuade members to either reduce his punishment or forgive him.
“The senate has the capacity to suspend any erring senator, but what we are saying here is very clear, due process was followed,” he said.
“Ali Ndume was given fair hearing. He appeared before the committee, he defended himself before the committee gave that recommendation, which was ratified by the entire senate.”
Concerning Harvard University and his claim of possessing a degree from the institution, Melaye said: “Even a mechanic or a plumber who undergoes apprenticeship is given a certificate, he graduates from his training.
“Anyone who attends a particular institution and is given a certificate that he attended the programme, whether it is diploma, a degree or PhD, as long as you have been given a certificate, you are a graduate of that institution because you carry a certificate of that institution.
“I am not going to be distracted.”
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