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‘No Request for New Presidential Jet Before Us,’ Says Senate

The Senate On Thursday denied approving the purchase of a new presidential jet for President Bola Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima, as had been speculated.

Senate President Godswill Akpabio clarified this during the plenary session, stating, “We have never approved the purchase of a presidential jet. There is no such request before us now. It is mere anticipatory blackmail.”

Akpabio’s statement was in response to observations raised by Senate leader Sen. Opeyemi Bamidele, who noted rumors suggesting the Senate’s support for procuring a new presidential aircraft.

Akpabio further explained that a fifth columnist is attempting to destabilize the parliament by spreading these false claims.

Speculations have circulated that the House of Representatives Committee on National Security and Intelligence has urged the Federal Government to immediately purchase new airplanes for Tinubu and Shettima.

The committee was alleged to have made the call in a report issued after its technical subcommittee conducted a hearing on the status and airworthiness of aircraft in the Presidential Air Fleet (PAF).

“The Committee is of the strong and informed opinion that considering the fragile structure of the Nigerian federation and recognising the dire consequences of any foreseen or unforeseen mishap that may arise as a result of technical/operational inadequacy of the Presidential Air Fleet, it is in the best interest of the country to procure two additional aircraft as recommended,” the purported had said.

However, while addressing journalists in Maiduguri, Akpabio on Tuesday, described the claims as false.

He said, “I want to dispel the rumour that you are hearing that the Senate President said he will buy a new plane for the President and his Vice, irrespective of the fact that Nigerians are hungry or whatever,” Akpabio was quoted to have said.

“I never said that. I was actually in Zanzibar, Tanzania, It is the handiwork of propagandists and fifth columnists, who never see anything good in what we are doing. Be rest assured, pray for the government, have patience, and be assured that the combination of Tinubu and Shettima will bring wealth and prosperity to all.”

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