Thursday May 19, 2022 10:12 PM

Judgment is strengthening of democracy and doing what is right – Ndume

The immediate past Senate leader, Ali Ndume said that he had been vindicated by the Federal High Court’s judgment which declared his suspension illegal and unconstitutional.

Ndume had always insisted that he didn’t commit any offence that could have led to his being suspended.

His victory at the court was based on the suit he filed challenging his suspension for 90days.

Babatunde Quadri in his ruling said the 90 days suspension is a violation of his right to fair hearing and freedom of expression as guaranteed by sections 36 and 39 of the extant Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and Article 7(1) and 9(2) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, 2004.”

According to the Borno South Senator, the Senate rules permits two weeks suspension of any member. He added “so where they got the power to suspend me for six months was what I approached the court to seek declaration, and the court has so declared that it was not right and it was illegal.”

He said that he had received a letter from the Clerk to the Senate, Nelson Ayewoh, intimating him that his suspension would be over on Tuesday 14th November, 2017.

He said that he would resume plenary on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

“Even though I have already spent out my illegal suspension time, I did that not because of my person but because of the institution so that individuals cannot just because they are elected one among equal to lead the institution, to take advantage or abuse the process and I thank God for that.

“And I also thank God that I am alive to have seen it, because as I said several times, so many members lost their seats. A member died in the Senate, two or three members died in the House of Representatives and I am not better than them in any way. It could have been me. So this power or this thing is just a transient thing.

“I thank God for that and for today, for me to be able to see that judgment too. And this is not victory for myself. It is not personal. It is not that I am trying to prove anything. I am saying that as part of somebody who has been in this democratic institution for over 14years now, it behoves of me when things like this happen to see that things are done correctly, and I hope that my colleagues who have done that will equally see the wisdom in the judgment of today.

“It is not a victory or anything; it is just strengthening democracy and doing what is right.”

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