By Christiana Ekpa
Northern Senators Forum yesterday removed Sen. Abdullahi Adamu (APC-Nasarawa) as the chairman of the caucus, accusing him of misappropriating N70 million funds belonging to the group.
It would be recalled that on February 14, Adamu led some Senators to oppose moves by the National Assembly to amend the Electoral Act and effect a change in the sequence of 2019 elections, where they accused the senate of conniving with the House of Representative to frustrate President Muhammad Buhari.
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, made the announcement while reading a letter addressed to the Senate by the forum’s spokesperson, Sen. Dino Melaye.
The letter read in part “This is to inform the Senate that the majority signatories of this letter are members of the Northern Senators Forum.
“We have removed Sen. Abdullahi Adamu as Chairman of the Northern Senators Forum for financial mismanagement and misadministration. We announce his immediate replacement with Sen. Aliyu Wamakko,” the letter said.
While answering questions from newsmen, Melaye said that the decision of the majority of the members of the forum was that they wanted to have a change of leadership.
“And the allegation investigated and found out to be true is that there was financial mismanagement; that monies were spent without the consent of members and the executive members were not being carried along.
“The organisation is becoming moribund; it is ineffective, we are not doing the things that we are supposed to do and we need to inject some vibrancy into the forum and many positions have been taken without consulting with the executive and members,” Melaye said.
Similarly, a member of the Northern Senators Forum, Sen. Shehu Sani told newsmen that the forum under Adamu’s leadership, could not account for part of the money inherited from the 7th assembly.
According to him, it was alleged that the former Chairman of the Forum handed over N70 million to Adamu at the inception of the 8th assembly but part of the money cannot be accounted for.
“There are some things that some of my colleagues cannot say but I’m not used to holding back what is the truth. When we resumed as senators, Sen. Ahmed Lawan tendered the sum of N70 million to the 8th Senate.
“That N70 million was monies gathered by northern senators from the 7th senate. So, it was handed over to the 8th senators from northern Nigeria under the 8th Senate.
“The rumours going round whether it is true, but I believe most of the senators know is the fact there were allegations that some monkeys raided the farm house of some of the executives in northern senators forum and carted away some of these monies.
“I think this country is becoming a huge joke, first of all it was the rodent that drove away the President and we now have snakes consuming about N36 million, and you now you have monkeys,” Sani said.