Senate Suspends Ndume For Six Months
The Senate on Wednesday suspended Senator Ali Ndume for six months for raising false allegations against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Dino Melaye through order 14 and 15 at plenary last week.
The decision was taken by the Senate after considering the report of its Committee on Ethics and Privileges which was directed to investigate the matter.
Ndume had asked the Senate to look into the allegations of vehicle importation against the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki and the alleged certificate forgery against Sen. Dino Melaye.
The committee was asked to investigate the allegation and invited Sen. Dino and Sen. Saraki to appear before it on Monday.
When Senator Ndume appeared before the committee, he stressed that he did not petition the President of the Senate or Senator Dino but only asked that the senate looked into the allegations to clear the name of the institution and save the integrity of the red chamber.
However when the Senator Samuel Anyanwu Committee on Ethics submitted its report, it stressed that Sen. Ndume lacked concrete evidence to have petitioned Saraki and Dino.
The Committee said that the action of the former leader of the Senate dragged the name of the Senate and its president to disrepute and as such should be punished.
The committee therefore recommended that the senator be suspended for 181 legislative days, equivalent of one calendar year.
However, Sen. Matthew Urhoghide pleaded that the penalty be reduced to six months rather than one year.
Sen. Peter Nwoboshi seconded the motion to review the duration of the suspension to six months.
The Senate thereafter adopted the review and suspended Senator Ndume for six months.
In January, Ndume was removed as the Leader of the Senate and replaced with Sen. Ahmed Lawan.
No reason was given then for his removal except that the caucus agreed and sanctioned his replacement as leader.