Ndume can resume on Wednesday - Senate

Alfred Osborne
November 14, 2017

Ndume had told reporters in Abuja that he was prepared to resume sitting on November 15, 2017 at the expiration of his suspension.

This was even as the Senate vowed to proceed with the appeal against the court judgement nullifying Senator Ndume's suspension.

The decision of the lawmakers was announced by the deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, after an executive session.

Saraki had been accused of importing a bulletproof range rover with fake documents while Dino Melaye had been accused of lying about being a graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University.

Ndume was suspended on the 27th of March this year, following the adoption of a report of the Senate committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, which investigated him.

Ndume was indicted "for bringing Senator Dino Melaye, his colleague, and the institution of the Senate to unbearable disrepute".

"The suspension is with effect from March 29, 2017 to last for six months".

Anyanwu had said that the recommendation was signed by seven members of the committee.

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

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

The senate made this known in a statement by its Counsel, Mr Mike Ozekhome, on Sunday.

The submitted that the lower court erred in law when it held that the respondent can join several causes of action in one suit.

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

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

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

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.

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