‘They Accused Me Of Monkey Swallowing N70m Because I Opposed Electoral Amendment Act’ – Senator Adamu
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The man at the centre of the scandalous story of the alleged monkey that swallowed the sum of 70 Million Naira, Senator Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa West, PDP) has come out to say his side of the story.
Senator Adamu who was meant to be in charge of the sum of money which belonged to the Northern Senators Forum (NSF) alleged that the rumours about the monkey were started to discredit him and tarnish his name after he spoke out about the Senate’s move to amend the Electoral Act.
The former Nasarawa Governor then went ahead to give a partial explanation of how the money was spent, revealing that each senator was given a total of N400,000 for a two-day NSF Retreat that held in Katsina State.
Senator Adamu made these revelations in an interview with Daily Trust which was monitored by NIGERIA NEWS.
Furthermore, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) politician explained that he had held meetings concerning the proposed Amendment of the Electoral Act but left everything in the hands of President Muhammadu Buhari who he said had the final say whether to assent to the Bill or not.
In the Senator’s words: “In order to give a dog a bad name, they now went to say that they had N70m that I mismanaged or whatever. 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.”
“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.
“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 about 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.”