Senator Kabiru Marafa

By Damilola Oyedele in Abuja

Following the condemnation by 11 members of the House of Representatives of statements credited to Senator Kabiru Marafa accusing the Senate of using the 2016 budget to hold the Presidency to ransom, another set of 15 members have cautioned their colleagues not to get involved in the affairs of the Senate.

They also aligned with Marafa’s views that the budget has become a political tool in the hands of some lawmakers who wish to use it for political negotiation.

Marafa had accused Senate President Bukola Saraki of using the budget to blackmail the Presidency due to his case at the Code of Conduct Tribunal. The 11 lawmakers had said his words are capable of casting a slur on the integrity of the legislature.

But the 15 members said in a statement issued on Sunday that the two chambers of the National Assembly are independent of each other, and therefore their colleagues should not get involved in Senate matters.