the recall of the Senator
representing Borno South
Senatorial District, Mohammed
Ali Ndume.
He will formally resume
sitting at the Upper Chamber,
after serving out a six-month
suspension.
This is in spite of the fact that
Senator Ndume took the Red
Chamber to court, challenging
the legality of his suspension
and asked the court to declare
the action null and void.
The Senate had also indicated
that it might extend the period
of the suspension if Ndume fails
to withdraw the court action
against it.
The senator defied the Senate
by not withdrawing the case
in which he has obtained a
favourable judgement, the
Chamber caved in and recalled
him to duty.
Announcing his recall after a
closed-door session, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremedu,
who presided over the session, said
the Senate had to recall him without
prejudice to court processes on the
matter.
The apex legislative chamber, on
March 29, suspended Ndume, who
was the former Majority Leader,
for allegedly bringing the Senate
President, Bukola Saraki, Senator
Dino Melaye and the institution of
the Senate to disrepute.
Ndume fell into the trap of
his colleagues for purportedly
working against the interest of
the Chamber, after he was ousted
from office by the All Progressives
Congress, APC, Senate Caucus, in a
conspiratorial fashion.
Some online media had published
that Saraki imported a Sport Utility
Vehicle, SUV, at the cost of N298
million with fake Customs papers,
while also alleging that Senator
Melaye did not graduate from the
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
Following the reports, Ndume
relying on the Senate Standing
Orders 14 and 15 which deals with the privileges of senators, urged the
Senate to thoroughly investigate these
allegations because they portrayed the
apex chamber in a bad light, as well as
subjected it to public ridicule.
He said the allegation on the car
purchase had instigated insinuations
that it was the alleged seizure of the
bullet proof car allegedly imported
by Saraki that led to the perceived
persecution of the Comptroller-
General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali,
rtd, by the Senate.
The Senate Committee on Ethics,
Privileges and Public Petitions
investigated the two allegations
and exonerated Saraki and Melaye,
accusing Ndume of deliberately
sabotaging and undermining the
integrity of the Senate and its members.
The Committee therefore,
recommended that Ndume be
suspended for 181 sitting days which
would have been about one full year,
but after much intervention by his
colleagues, the Senate resolved to
reduce the punishment to six months.
Meanwhile, the Federal High
Court, Abuja, on Friday, nullified the
suspension of Ndume from the Senate,
describing it as illegal, unlawful and
unconstitutional.
It consequently set aside the
suspension letter dated March 30.
The court also ordered the Senate
president and the Senate, who were
the first and the second respondents
in the suit to pay him all outstanding
salaries and allowances.

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  • vic

    NDUME’S SUSPENSION WAS A CONSPIRACY, VERY UNFAIR AND UNTENABLE. I AM GLAD NDUME IS BACK.

    NOW THAT THE SENATORS MASTERMINDING HIS SUSPENSION HAVE BEEN PROVEN WRONG, THERE SHOULD BE ADEQUATE COMPENSATION FOR SENATOR NDUME AND ALSO APPROPRIATE PUNISHMENT METED OUT TO THE CONSPIRING SENATORS , OF WHICH SARAKI IS ONE. SARAKI IS THE REAL DIRT OF THE SENATE.