Friday, 17 November, 2017

Senate Appeals Court's Decision Setting Aside Ndume's Suspension

Members of the Senate have resolved to allow Senator Ali Ndume resume on Wednesday from his six-month suspension by the lawmakers Members of the Senate have resolved to allow Senator Ali Ndume resume on Wednesday from his six-month suspension by the lawmakers
Melba Vasquez | 14 November, 2017, 20:38

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

The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, which investigated the matter recommended that Mr. Ndume be suspended for one year.

However, a Federal High Court had last Thursday declared the senator's suspension illegal.

"The notice of appeal is ready and would be filed unfailingly by Monday morning".

Ekweremadu said that the resolution was without prejudice to the legal tussle surrounding Ndume's suspension.

"Besides, Senate spokesman, Senator Abdullahi Sabi Aliyu had earlier advised Ndume to withdraw his suit against the senate last September otherwise the upper chamber would contest decisions of the courts to the Supreme Court of Nigeria".

The judge, in addition, directed the Senate and its President, to pay to the Ndume his outstanding salaries and allowances with immediate effect.

But delivering judgment in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/551/2017, Justice Quadri however set aside the suspension for being illegal, Unlawful and unconstitutional.

The Borno senator‎ had asked the senate to investigate the allegation that the red chamber was exacting vengeance on Hameed Ali, comptroller-general of the Nigeria Customs Service, because of a seized bullet-proof auto allegedly owned by Saraki.

Unconfirmed reports on Monday said that Ndume may not be allowed to resume sitting because he is in court with the Senate over his suspension.

Saraki and Melaye were cleared of the allegations by a senate probe panel.

"That the Plaintiff wrongly joined several causes of action in his Originating Summons".

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.

"The Senate's argument was supported by various and current decisions of the apex court".

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