The Senate has said that it will file an appeal on Monday, November 13, against the judgment of the Federal High Court that declared the suspension of Senator Ali Ndume, illegal.
This is just as the court had also ordered that Mr. Ndume be paid all his outstanding salaries and allowances.
The senate made this known in a statement by its Counsel, Mr Mike Ozekhome, on Sunday.
According to the statement, the Upper Chamber said it disagreed with the said judgment.
The statement reads: “The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, will on Monday, November 13, 2017, file an appeal against the judgment of the Federal High Court, delivered today, 10th of November, 2017.”
“It is important to state clearly that the Senate respectfully disagrees with the said judgment.
“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:
“That the Plaintiff wrongly joined several causes of action in his Originating Summons.
“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.
“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.”
He added that the appeal will be followed by a stay of execution of the High Court judgement.
“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.”
The Senate had on March 30 suspended Mr. Ndume, who was former Majority Leader for 90 legislative days (six months).
Mr. Ndume was suspended for raising a matter that the Senate should investigate public allegations of impropriety against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and another senator, Dino Melaye.
The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, which investigated the matter recommended that Mr. Ndume be suspended for one year.