Ndume re­sumes today — Se­nate

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Is­mail Mu­dashir

The Se­nate, yes­ter­day, ap­proved the re­sump­tion of a for­mer Se­nate leader, Ali Ndume (APC, Borno), af­ter 90 leg­isla­tive days’ sus­pen­sion. He is ex­pected to re­sume today.

The res­o­lu­tion fol­lowed a closed ses­sion that lasted for 12 min­utes dur­ing yes­ter­day’s ple­nary presided over by the Deputy Se­nate Pres­i­dent, Ike Ek­w­ere­madu.

The closed ses­sion, which started at 11.04am, ended at 11.16am.

Speak­ing on the out­come of the ses­sion, Ek­w­ere­madu said they dis­cussed is­sues re­lat­ing to the work­ings of the Se­nate in par­tic­u­lar and the Na­tional As­sem­bly in gen­eral.

“We dis­cussed the sus­pen­sion of Ndume and re­solved that he should re­sume to­mor­row (today) since he has served the 90 leg­isla­tive days’ sus­pen­sion with­out prej­u­dice to the cur­rent court pro­cesses,” the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer said.

Ndume was sus­pended in March this year over a point of order he raised on the Se­nate Pres­i­dent, Bukola Saraki and the chair­man of the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on the FCT, Sen­a­tor Dino Me­laye.

Not sat­is­fied with his sus­pen­sion, Ndume had gone to a fed­eral high court where a judge­ment was de­liv­ered in his favour last Fri­day, nul­li­fy­ing his sus­pen­sion.

How­ever, the Se­nate at the week­end an­nounced its in­ten­tion to chal­lenge the judge­ment at the ap­peal court.

Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, coun­sel to the Se­nate in a state­ment, said an ap­peal against the judg­ment of the Fed­eral High would be filed.

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