Suspension: Senate okays Ndume's resumption Wednesday

Joanna Estrada
November 14, 2017

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

However, the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday voided the suspension of Ndume, saying it is against the law.

The senator, representing Borno State (APC), was placed on suspension following the recommendation of the ethics and privileges committee of the Senate headed by Chris Anyanwu.

"Distinguished colleagues, after a close door session, the Senate resolved that Senator Ali Ndume should resume session tomorrow, Wednesday 15th November, 2017", DSP said.

Ndume was in March suspended for six months for "deliberately" bringing up an issue the upper legislative chamber describes as portraying it in a bad light.

The allegation involved the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

"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 by Ozekhome had read.

Meanwhile, Ozokhome stated that "It is important to state clearly, that the Senate respectfully disagrees with the said judgment".

The court ordered his immediate reinstatement and payment of all his entitlements for the period of the suspension.

"The court has so declared that it was not right and it was illegal".

"For the records, the Senate had challenged the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court to entertain the matter on the grounds that the Plaintiff wrongly joined several causes of action in his Originating Summons".

"The Senate's argument is supported by various and current decisions of the apex court, " he noted.

The motion asked for an order for stay of execution on the judgment of the court and to maintain status quo that existed before the judgment of the trial court pending the hearing and final determination of his appeal at the court of appeal, Abuja and for such other orders, the court may deem fit.

However, the Senate through its counsel, Mike Ozekhome, said it would appeal the ruling.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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