OrderPaperToday – The Senate has finally reinstated Sen. Ali Mohammed Ndume (APC, Borno) overriding an initial knee-jerk appeal against the ruling of a court ordering his reinstatement.
This was disclosed by the Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over plenary after the red chamber went on a closed door session on Tuesday.
Recall that Ndume was suspended on March 27, 2017, over a point of order raised by him pointing attention to a media report which accused the President of the senate, Bukola Saraki of refusing to pay duty of N74m for a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) valued at N298m imported into the country.
Ndume also called attention to another report which accused Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi) of being involved in certificate forgery.
The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, led by Senator Samuel Anyanwu, recommended that Ndume be suspended after the accused were cleared.
However, on November 10, the Federal High Court in Abuja annulled Ndume’s suspension allowing him to resume his legislative duties.
The senate on the 12th of November disclosed plans to file an appeal against the judgment of the court through its chief Counsel, Mike Ozekhome.
It was gathered that the appellants are the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges, Sen. Samuel Anyanwu.
But a letter from the Clerk to the Senate, Nelson Ayewoh dated November 6 and addressed to Ndume allowed the lawmaker to resume his legislative duties.
Speaking on the suspension, Ekweremadu said: “In the closed door session, the Senate also discussed the suspension of Ali Ndume and resolved that he should resume sitting on Wednesday 15th November 2017, since he has served his suspension of 90 legislative days without prejudice to the current court processes.”