Senate Orders Ndume To Resume Wednesday Following Court Order

Senator Ali Ndume

The Senate on Tuesday agreed that Senator Ali Ndume can resume duties tomorrow, Wednesday, November 15, after a 90-day suspension.

Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary on Tuesday, made the announcement after an executive (closed-door) session.

Ekweremadu said Ndume was recalled without prejudice to the current court processes.

The Senate had on March 30 suspended Mr. Ndume, who was former Majority Leader for 90 legislative days (six months).

Mr. Ndume was suspended for raising a matter that the Senate investigate public allegations of impropriety against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and another senator, Dino Melaye.

The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, which investigated the matter recommended that Mr. Ndume be suspended for one year. The Borno State lawmaker was subsequently suspended for six months

However, a Federal High Court had last Thursday declared the senator’s suspension illegal. The court also ordered that Mr. Ndume be paid all his outstanding salaries and allowances.

The Senate in reaction said they will appeal the Federal High Court judgement on Monday.

“The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, will on Monday, November 13, 2017, file an appeal against the judgment of the Federal High Court, delivered today, 10th of November, 2017,” the statement signed by Mike Ozekhome, counsel to the Senate read in part.

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