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Senate approves N10billion refund for Kogi State 2 days to governorship election

Governor Yahaya Bello

The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved a N10billion refund for Kogi State just 2 days to the governorship election in the state.

The approval came despite vehement resistance from opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators in the upper chamber.

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the Senate Minority Leader, had tried to stop the process because it was not indicated in the order paper, but Senate President Ahmed Lawan however insisted it must go on.

Senator Clifford Ordia, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Loans, in his panel report on the N10billion refund noted that the Kogi State Government followed due process in executing Federal Government projects in the state. He further revealed that the agencies in charge of the loan refund had approved the payment already.

Senator Jibrin Barau, after Senator Ordia read his report, immediately called for the approval of the fund.

In his response, Senator Abaribe noted that although he agrees with Barau for states to be paid after they do a job for the Federal Government, the case of the N10billion for Kogi State appeared to hasty.

He consequently proposed that the approval be delayed by a week until after the Kogi Governorship Elections on Saturday.

“This is not the right time to approve such loan refund. Exigency of the time suggest that we should delay for one week so that the money would not be used for something else,” he said.

Senate President Lawan however disagreed with Senator Abaribe, saying that the senate can approve the payment at anytime.

Lawan ignored other lawmakers who were raising points of order and swiftly made the approval after it was subjected to a voice vote, despite protests from other lawmakers.

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