At Last, Senate Allows Ndume To Resume Tomorrow

The Senate has resolved that Mohammed Ali Ndume, APC, should resume sitting on Wednesday November 15, since he had served out his suspension of 90 legislative days.

The decision was reached after a closed-door meeting by the Senate on Tuesday before its plenary.

Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, said Mr Ndume had served out his suspension of 90 legislative days, without prejudice to the current court process.

It could be recalled that the Senate had, on March 29, suspended former Senate Leader Mohammed Ndume over his petition calling for investigation into the allegation that Sen. Dino Melaye, did not obtain first degree at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State.

The university authorities later came out and declared that Melaye, APC – Kogi West, passed out with a degree at the institution.

The suspension order followed the recommendation of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, which investigated the allegation.

The Chairman of the Committee, Sam Anyanwu, submitted his committee’s report, which recommended that “the Senate should suspend Ndume for bringing Senator Dino Melaye, his colleagues and the institution of the Senate to unbearable disrepute.

“This is even at a time of our national life, when caution, patriotism, careful consideration and due diligence should be our watch words.

“The suspension is with effect from March 29, 2017 to last for six months.

“After having been properly cleared of any wrong doings by the findings of the committee, Senator Dino Melaye has been cleared of the allegations made against him and exonerated.”

Mr Anyanwu had said that the recommendation was signed by seven members of the committee.

Last week, the senator won a federal high court judgment, who ordered for his reinstatement and be paid all his entitlements and allowances.

But the Red Chamber, through its counsel, Mike Uzeokhome, said it was challenging the judgment of the high court at the appeal court.

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