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Suspension: Senate asks Ndume to resume tomorrow

14 November 2017

According to a source in the Senate, a motion shall be moved on Tuesday extending the resumption of Senator Ndume who is due to resume on Wednesday.

In spite of this however, the Senate says it is still contesting the court judgment that ordered it to pay Ndume his salaries and entitlements for the period he was under suspension.

The Senate has however appealed the judgment of the Federal High Court.

Defendants in the suit who are now appellants include the Senate President; the Senate of Federal Republic of Nigeria; and Senator Samuel Anyanwu (Chairman Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions).

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

Former Senate leader, Ali Ndume was early in the year suspended for 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 appellant is further praying the appellate court to dismiss Ndume's suit.

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Although the senator last week, won a suit annulling his suspension, but the senate recalled the senator after he had served his suspension of 90 legislative days. "Dino Melaye has been cleared of the allegations made against him and exonerated".

"That an action for the enforcement of fundamental rights to fair hearing can only be brought against a court or a tribunal, established by law as held by the Supreme Court in several current cases, and not against Committee of a legislative body".

Part of the grounds for appeal is that the trial judge erred in law when he failed to look at the intention of the legislature in its statutory interpretation of the provisions of Sections 3 and 30 of Legislative Houses (powers and privileges) Act and Order 67 of the Senate Standing Orders 2015 as amended.

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

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Suspension: Senate asks Ndume to resume tomorrow