Majority Leader of the Senate, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, has rebutted media reports that the Federal Government (FG) ordered the withdrawal of the diplomatic passport of National Assembly members, including President of the Senate, David Mark and Speaker of House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal.
Ndoma-Egba, who made the rebuttal in an interview, said FG has no reason whatsoever to withdraw the Diplomatic Passport of NASS members, adding that it was just a figment of the imagination of those peddling the rumour.
“As we speak, I have my Diplomatic Passport intact. Nobody’s passport has been withdrawn as being reported. The report is completely baseless and unfounded. In fact, it is evidently a figment of the imagination of those behind the story and spreading the rumour. Why
would the Federal Government ordered the withdrawal of the Diplomatic Passport of lawmakers? On what basis would such an action be taken?There is nothing like that. The FG doesn’t have any reason to give such order,” Ndoma-Egba maintained.
Media reports had indicated that the reason for the order may not beunconnected with the level of opposition the Presidency is currently receiving from the National Assembly members and visit of the Abubakar Baraje-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the two Chambers of the Federal Legislature.
On the money reportedly shared to some Senators and House of Reps members by the Presidency to induce them to impeach Mark and Tambuwal, the Senate Leader said: “I am not aware that any money was shared to members of the National Assembly for whatever purpose. Who shared the money? How was it shared? Where was it shared? Who benefitted from the sharing? And what was it meant for? As far as I am concerned, no money was shared to anybody. Nobody is planning to impeach anybody. All these reports are unfounded. They are not true.”