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The All Progressives Congress, APC has warned its members who are holding public offices, not to disrespect the National Assembly.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki has assured that the Senate has a target to pass the 2017 budget this month.

Former Senate leader Ali Ndume says he has accepted his replacement in good faith and he wishes the new Leader well.

Speaking Wednesday afternoon on a live transmission from the National Television, Ndume added that he holds no grudge against his colleagues despite everything.
All Progressives Congress members in the Senate had on Tuesday requested that he be replaced as Senate leader.
The caucus in a letter read by Senate President Bukola Saraki said they want to replace Ndume with Ahmed Lawan.
Ndume however says if his decision about confirming Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission caused him to be replaced, his position remains unchanged.
“I have not done anything. If anything, we disagreed on the confirmation of Magu as Chairman of EFCC and I still stand by my position that Magu was not rejected and he is from my state”
Ndume said he was simply doing his work then as the Senate Leader
“I’m the Senate Leader at that time. My responsibility is, I’m the Chief marketing Officer of everything that the President brought. So I had to or I have to stand by a nominee from my state and a nominee by Mr. President. If that event re-occurs again, I will still do that. ”


Ousman Badjie, Gambia’s army chief, has reaffirmed his loyalty to embattled President Yahya Jammeh, as the deadline given by the West African regional bloc, ECOWAS gets closer.
“May I please seize this opportunity to renew to your Excellency the assurance of the unflinching loyalty and support of the Gambia Armed Forces,” Mr. Badjie, a general, wrote in a letter to Mr. Jammeh published today in a pro-government newspaper.
Mr. Jammeh initially accepted his defeat in the December 1 election, but a week later reversed his position, vowing to hang on to power despite a wave of regional and international condemnation.
West African regional bloc ECOWAS has placed standby forces on alert in case Jammeh attempts to stay in power after his mandate ends on January 19.
Mr. Jammeh has called the bloc’s stance “a declaration of war”.
Many Gambians, who have lived through 22 years of Mr. Jammeh’s increasingly authoritarian rule, were stunned when the elections commission declared opposition figure Adama Barrow the winner of last month’s election.
Mr. Jammeh’s initial acceptance of the result sparked nationwide celebrations.
Mr. Badjie declared his allegiance to Mr. Barrow soon after the poll results were announced, according to a spokesperson for the president-elect.

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