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Ali Ndume: Senate appeals Senator’s reinstatement

Ali Ndume

The Court has asked the Nigerian Senate to reinstate Senator Ali Ndume. But there is a problem.

The Nigerian Senate has on Monday, November 13, 2017, filed an appeal against the judgment of the Federal High Court asking the upper legislative chamber to reinstate Senator Ali Ndume.

Justice Babatunde Quadri in his judgment on Friday, November 10, 2017, declared Ndume’s suspension as unconstitutional.

The judge ordered that Ndume be allowed to resume his duties in the senate as a senator.

But in a statement by its Chief Editor counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) on Sunday, November 12, 2017, the Senate disagreed with the said judgement.

The statement reads:

“For the records, the Senate had challenged the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court to entertain the matter on several grounds, portions of which are outlined hereunder for the purpose of emphasis, as follows:

1. That the Plaintiff wrongly joined several causes of action in his Originating Summons.

2. That an action for the enforcement of fundamental rights to fair hearing can only be brought against a court or a tribunal, established by law as held by the Supreme Court in several current cases, and not against Committee of a legislative body.

3. That by the provisions of sections 3 and 30 of the Legislative Houses (Powers and Privileges) Act, the trial court lacked requisite jurisdiction to hear the suit of the Plaintiff.

“The Senate’s argument was supported by various and current decisions of the apex court. The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which has the strong conviction that the decision of the trial court will be overturned by the Court of Appeal, has accordingly instructed the law firm of Mike Ozekhome’s Chambers, to file an appeal against the judgment immediately.

“The notice of appeal is ready and would be filed unfailingly by Monday morning. An application for a stay of execution of the orders of the court will also be filed same time.”

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It will be recalled that the senate had on March 30, suspended Ndume, who was former Majority Leader for 90 legislative days — that's six months.

Ndume was suspended for not conducting due diligence before filing a petition against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki  and Dino Melaye.

Curated: Meets Media.ng

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