Senate Suspends Senator Ali Ndume For 6 Months For Calling For Investigation Into Dino Melaye & Saraki’s "Scandals"


Senator Ali Ndume was on Wednesday suspended by the Senate for 6 months barely two months after he was removed as the Leader of the Senate. The suspension of the senator was based on the recommendation of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions.

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 Senator Dino Melaye. The committee was asked to investigate the allegation and invited Melaye and 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 Senator Samuel Anyanwu, the Chairman of the Committee on Ethics submitted its report, it stressed that 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, Senator Matthew Urhoghide pleaded that the penalty be reduced to six months rather than one year. Senator 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 Senator Ahmed Lawan. No reason was given then for his removal except that the caucus agreed and sanctioned his replacement as leader.