*This is without prejudice to the court order
By Sandra Onyekwere
Senate, on Tuesday has finally taken the decision to reinstate Senator Ali Mohammed Ndume after an Executive session. This is may be because the period of the suspension is over or in consonance with a Federal High Court judgement to that effect.
The decision to recall Senator Ndume was disclosed by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over plenary after the Red Chamber went on a closed door session.
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.”
Recall that Ndume was suspended on the 27th March, 2017, over a point of order raised by him pointing attention to a media report which accused the President of the senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, of refusing to pay duty of N74million for a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) valued at N298million imported into the country.
Ndume also called the attention to another report which accused Senator Dino Melaye of Kogi State 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 the 10th November, the Federal High Court in Abuja annulled Ndume’s suspension allowing him to resume his legislative duties.