The Senate has finally recalled its former Majority Leader, Ali Ndume, who was suspended in controversial circumstances eight months ago, following his successful court case challenging his suspension.
The senator, representing Borno State (APC), was placed on suspension following the recommendation of the ethics and privileges committee of the Senate headed by Chris Anyanwu.
Ndume was in March suspended for six months for “deliberately” bringing up an issue the upper legislative chamber describes as portraying it in a bad light.
However, in September, when the six months was deemed to have passed, the Senate issued a statement extending the suspension to November, on the excuse of discounting holidays and weekends.
However, a letter by the Clerk to the Senate, Nelson Ayewoh, stated that the senator has now been recalled and will resume plenary on Wednesday.
“The suspension notice of the Senate vide Resolution S/Res/130/02/17 expires on November 14th, 2017.
“This communication is to inform the Distinguished Senator of your resumption in plenary scheduled for Wednesday, 15th November, 2017,” the clerk wrote.
Prior to his recall, a Federal High Court last week nullified Ndume’s suspension describing it as illegal.
The court ordered his immediate reinstatement and payment of all his entitlements for the period of the suspension.
Ndume before his suspension had asked for an investigation of Senate President Bukola Saraki and Dino Melaye over questionable allegations leveled against them. .
Saraki had been accused of importing a bulletproof range rover with fake documents while Dino Melaye had been accused of lying about being a graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University.
Both men had appeared before the Senate Committee on Ethics and privileges and were cleared of the allegations.