Senate recalls Ndume from suspension - after eight months

Doris Richards
November 14, 2017

The appellant is further praying the appellate court to dismiss Ndume's suit.

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

The Upper Chamber said it disagreed with the said judgment.

-Senate finally recalls Senator Ali Ndume.

In a twist of events however, a letter dated November 6, written by the Clerk of the Senate, Nelson Ayewoh, and addressed to Ali Ndume, notified him to resume in plenary on Wednesday (tomorrow). "The court judgement could as well have come after that resumption day", the source said.

Ali Ndume, suspended senator representing Borno south, will resume his duties as a legislator on Wednesday.

The Court also directed Saraki to ensure prompt payment of Ndume's salaries and allowances.

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.

Ndume was suspended following a point of order he raised on the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki and Chairman of the Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi).

Justice Quadri held that "The suspension of the plaintiff is hereby declared illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional".

The senate in its notice of appeal held that the trial judge at the lower court erred by holding that the court will not interfere with the internal affairs of the legislature except where there is breach of the fundamental rights of a citizen, the basis of which it held that the fundamental rights of the senate were breached even when there was no evidence of such breach.

"That by the provisions of sections 3 and 30 of the Legislative Houses (Powers and Privileges) Act, " he said the trial court lacked requisite jurisdiction to hear the suit of the Plaintiff.

"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". Counsel to the Senate, Mr. Mike Ozekhome, who appealed the judgment on behalf of the Senate, said The Red Chamber's argument was supported by various and current decisions of the apex court.

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