The Senate, on Tuesday, said a former Leader of the Senate, Senator Ali Ndume, can resume today, 15th November, having served out his suspension of 90 legislative days.
In spite of this however, the Senate says it is still contesting the court judgment that ordered it to pay Ndume his salaries and entitlements for the period he was under suspension.
Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided, announced after a brief closed door session that lawmakers resolved to give the nod to the resumption of the Borno born lawmaker.
Ekweremadu said: “The Senate at a closed door session, resolved that Senator Ali Ndume should resume on Wednesday, 15th of November, 2017, having served out his suspension of 90 legislative days. This is without prejudice to the ongoing court process.”
A Federal High Court in Abuja, last Friday, nullified the suspension of Ndume and described it as unconstitutional. The court also ruled that Ndume be paid his salaries and other entitlements withheld within the period under review.
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.
The Senate has however appealed the judgment of the Federal High Court. 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.
Ndume, had while fielding questions from newsmen last weekend, said he did not err in drawing the attention of the Senate to media reports. Instead, he said his move helped in resolving the issue.
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