Senate To Appeal Ruling On Ndume

By Nkeremwem Cosmas

 

The Senate will on Monday, file an appeal against the previous week’s judgment of the Federal High Court, squashing the suspension of Senator Ali Ndume by the Committee of the Senate.

Stating that it disagrees with the said judgement, the Senate said it would  challenge the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court to entertain the matter on several grounds.

According to a statement by its lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, the Senate stated the grounds, thus : “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.”

The Senate said its argument is supported by various and current decisions of the apex court and it is convinced that the decision of the trial court will be overturned by the Court of Appeal.