By Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja –
The Senate, yesterday, approached the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, to set-aside the judgement of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which set aside the suspension of Senator Ali Ndume for 90 legislative days.
Last week, Justice Babatunde Quadri, of the high court set aside the suspension of the Senator.
Ndume is representing Borno South senatorial district in the National Assembly.
The Senate had on March 30, 2017, suspended Ndume, former Majority Leader for 90 legislative days for not “conducting due diligence” before filing a petition against Senate President Bukola Saraki and the lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye.
Ndume was indicted “for bringing Senator Dino Melaye, his colleague, and the institution of the Senate to unbearable disrepute.”
Senator Samuel Anyanwu, Chairman Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions made the recommendation for Ndume’s suspension in its report, which was considered by the lawmakers at the plenary.
Apparently miffed by his suspension, Ndume headed to court to challenge his six months suspension.
Defendants in the suit were the President of the Senate; the Senate of Federal Republic of Nigeria; and Senator Samuel Anyanwu (Chairman Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions).
Delivering ruling in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/551/2017 on Friday, Justice Quadri set aside the suspension and consequently ordered Ndume’s reinstatement into the Senate.
The court held that “The suspension of the plaintiff is hereby declared illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.
“The purported suspension contained in the letter of 30th March , 2017 is hereby set aside.
“The 1st and 2nd defendants are hereby directed to pay the plaintiff his outstanding salaries and allowances forthwith.”
In the appeal filed by the senate through their counsel, Chief Mike Ozokhome SAN, the lawmakers raised six grounds of appeal.
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